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Research in the area of VET/HRD in Poland contributes to animate a debate, and to change beliefs, between science and civil society, but also to build a bridge to the world of politics. Poland has two big challenges: transformation and integration. The results of VET/HRD research provide important arguments to solve current and emerging problems for decision makers and other market actors of educational services. 

The following institutions involved in VET/HRD research were contacted while preparing the report:  MEiN, MPiPS, IBE, IPiSS, CIOP-PIB, CODN, KOWEZiU, CKE, IBGR, CDR, RCSS, IZ, PAK. The resources of the SYNABA database, the bulletin “Sprawy Nauki” (edition: Research Projects) edited by the Ministry of Science and Information Society Technologies (Ministerstwo Nauki i Informatyzacji) , reports and Internet resources (mainly the homepages of ministries and other institutions of state and community administration, universities, vocational education and training centres, institutes and scientific centres, foundations, associations, non-government organisations and others) were also analysed.

The main resources for funding research projects are European funds (EFS, Phare, Leonardo da Vinci, Socrates and others) and the state budget (to a far smaller extent). 

Research activities are mainly centred around the following themes: analysis of the development of vocational lifelong education and quality assessment of educational service; analysis of human resources issues in the labour market; employment forecasts in economic sectors and occupations; analysis and evaluation of teachers and students; development of training tools with an emphasis on information technology tools; evaluation of the impact of programmes and activities.

The analysis of studies and surveys in the field of VET/HRD carried out in Poland should be viewed with moderate optimism. There are still research areas (i.e. quality education, affiliation education and labour market, standardisation and recognition of informal and non-formal qualifications) that are not sufficiently recognised. Last year the interest concerning research in the area of lifelong learning in Poland in ministries of education and labour market increased. Evaluative research of definitive beneficiaries of support granted within the European Social Fund and the Sectoral Operational Programme Human Resource Development have also a positive reaction, which should contribute to quality and effectiveness improvement of new applicable projects.

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Source: Cedefop - National Research Report Poland (details see Bibliography)
Editor: Sabine Manning  © WIFO