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Research in VET and HRD is supported by a range of national associations and networks. As the reports show (see Overview, aspect 6), there are substantial differences between European countries in the extent to which associations and networks are existing. Also, there are great variations in the thematic field represented by these associations and networks. This content aspect is taken up in the following analysis, drawing on the information provided in the reports. As in the case of institutions (see Profile 4), the thematic orientation of the associations and networks is broken down into three types:
  • Focus on VET/HRD (single or combined);
  • Close context of VET/HRD (e.g. education, labour market, human resources, work life); 
  • Broad context of VET/HRD (e.g. economics, sociology, statistics).
This typology is used, in a first step, to characterise individual associations and networks across countries. In a second step, the typology serves to identify national patterns, defined by the specific types of associations and networks involved in each case. The outcomes of the transnational comparison are presented in the map below. 
 
DK
FI
NO
SE
     
             
AT
BE
 
BG
CZ
EE
DE
FR
 
HU
LT
LV
IE
UK
 
PL
RO
SI
SK
             
CY
ES
IT
MT
PT
 
  Thematic patterns of associations and networks
I
(No association or network indicated)
I
(1) Broad context of VET/HRD
I
(2) Both close and broad context of VET/HRD
I
(3) Both focus on VET/HRD and close/broad context of VET/HRD

The first pattern refers to associations and networks whose thematic field is situated in the broad context of VET/HRD (e.g. economics, sociology, statistics). These are likely to include VET or HRD only at the fringe of their own field, which suggests a low thematic relevance for VET/HRD research. As the map shows, this type of association or network is fairly common across all European regions (BE, BG, EE, ES, FI, IE, NO, PT, SI). Since associations and networks in the broad context of VET/HRD can be assumed to exist in all countries, this first pattern also includes those which are reported to have no VET/HRD related associations or networks at all (LT, LV, MT, RO, SE). 
   The second pattern covers associations and networks of two types: while some of them carry out professional activities in the broad context of VET/HRD (see first pattern), others pursue their activities in the close context of VET/HRD (e.g. education, labour market, human resources, work life). Included in this pattern are also those associations and networks which are related to a minor part of the VET/HRD field in the country concerned. Furthermore, national consortia of European VET/HRD networks, reported for several countries, have been added to this group. Altogether, the second pattern is fairly varied in its thematic relevance for VET/HRD research. It can be found in several countries from all European regions (CY, CZ, DK, FR, IT, PL, SK, UK).
    A particular component of the third pattern are those associations and networks that focus on the thematic field of VET/HRD or on a major area within this field. The third pattern provides a rich environment, by including associations and networks of all three types, and is therefore regarded to be of high thematic relevance for VET/HRD research. Only three countries can be allocated to this pattern (AT, DE, HU). 

NOTE: The Profile of national research is based on a comparative analysis of selected activities in 25 European countries (see Overview). This data has been compiled from the national reports prepared by the Cedefop ReferNet in 2006 and subsequently published by Cedefop (see Introduction and Reference). 

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