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March 2012
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Recent OECD publications
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OECD and civil society
OECD Forum
Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD
Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD
OECD Observer Magazine
OECD blogs
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2012 Global Youth Video Competition
New Practitioner's Guide to Perception Surveys
PISA: Video series "Strong Performers and Successful Reformers in Education"
OECD work on income inequality and growth
New series: Education Indicators in Focus
Designing for Education: Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities 2011
Selected upcoming events
Recent OECD publications
 
NEWS
2012 Global Youth Video Competition

2012 Global Youth Video Competition

 
What are the big issues in education today? Learning the right skills to get a job, bridging the 'digital divide', tackling inequality in access to education and training, inspiring creativity and innovation... or something else? Take part in the second OECD youth video competition on the theme education and skills. Winners will be awarded an all expenses paid trip to Paris in May 2012 to attend the OECD Forum. The deadline is 31 March 2012.
New Practitioner's Guide to Perception Surveys
This guide helps government officials, NGOs and business associations design and use perception surveys to evaluate and communicate the results of reform processes. While the guide draws on examples from the regulatory field, it is also useful for other areas. In non-technical language, the guide clearly explains the challenges involved in the design and use of business and citizen perception surveys – and ways to overcome them. It also helps government officials, NGOs and business associations get the most out of survey results. For more information on how to best use perception surveys, please visit www.oecd.org/regreform/perceptions.
PISA: Video series "Strong Performers and Successful Reformers in Education"
  Ever since OECD's PISA studies revealed wide differences among nations in how well their schools prepare students for life, educators, researchers and policy-makers around the world have struggled to understand how they can learn from the countries doing best on PISA. Together with OECD's comparative reviews, the analytical series Strong Performers and Successful Reformers in Education examines the policies and

practices of those education systems that excel through superior quality, equity and efficiency or that have seen rapid improvements over the last decade. A series of documentaries sponsored by the Pearson Foundation has now turned these success stories into powerful visuals, demonstrating how, for instance, Portugal is restructuring and consolidating its fragmented school system to raise quality and equity in learning outcomes or how Japan is rebuilding its education system in the face of the impact of the Great East Japan Earthquake as well as changing skill requirements in the global economy. For more information: www.pisa.oecd.org.

OECD work on income inequality and growth
Can less income inequality and more growth both be achieved? A recent OECD study sheds new light on the link between policies that boost growth and the distribution of income. It suggests that there are win-win policy options: raising human capital is key, labour market reforms can help and taxation can be made more equitable and growth friendly. But there are also reforms that lead to a trade-off between growth and equity.
New series: Education Indicators in Focus
Education Indicators in Focus is a new recurring series of briefs that highlight specific indicators in OECD's Education at a Glance that are of particular interest to policy makers and practitioners. They provide a detailed look into current issues in pre-primary, primary and secondary education, higher education, and adult outcomes from a global perspective, and contain an engaging mix of text, tables and charts that describe the international context of the most pressing questions in education policy and practice.
Designing for Education: Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities 2011
  Investment in schools – through renovating, extending or constructing new schools - is a visible commitment to the community and a cost-effective way to revitalise local economies. OECD's new publication
Designing for Education: Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities 2011 is all about how design can create new and exciting opportunities for students, teachers, parents and communities. It showcases over 60 exemplary schools and universities from 28 countries and includes examples of early childhood, primary, secondary, vocational and higher education facilities spanning countries in six continents, from India, Uruguay and Portugal, to Australia, United States and Burkina Faso. Published every five years, it reflects on what we have learned from the dynamic interplay between design and education over the last 40 years and on what could be possible in the coming decades.
The OECD "Database of Best Practices in Educational Facilities Investments", a joint OECD/European Investment Bank project, draws on these and other projects, providing a unique web-based resource for educators, designers, policymakers and researchers alike. To find out more about the publication see www.oecd.org/edu/facilities/compendium and database www.edfacilitiesinvestment-db.org.
Civil Society and OECD - Recent Meetings
Several events and meetings involving civil society have taken place since the month of December. You can find more details in this short article.
   
 
SELECTED UPCOMING EVENTS
 

March 2012

20-21

8th annual meeting of the OECD LEED Forum on Partnerships and Local Governance (Berlin)
The meeting on the theme "Partnerships for Youth, Getting the young into jobs and business for successful working life" is organised in co-operation with the German Federal Government Commissioner for the New Federal States, the Senate of Berlin Department for Labour, Integration and Women's Issues, the German Federal Employment Agency, the European Youth Forum and gsub mbH - Social Business Consultancy Corporation.

May 2012

22-24

OECD Week 2012 (Paris)
Save the date for OECD Week 2012 with the OECD Forum on 
22-23 May 2012 and the Ministerial Council Meeting (MCM) on
23-24 May 2012. Visit www.oecd.org/forum for regular updates.

31– 1 June

Workshop on Early Childhood Education and Care (Moscow)
The OECD Centre for Effective Learning Environments (CELE), in collaboration with the World Bank, Government of Sakha Republic (Yakutia), National Ministry of Education and Moscow City Government, is organising a workshop on how to create modern, integrated and cost- and energy-efficient facilities for young children entitled "Ready, Steady, Go! Inspiring Design of Learning Environments for Early Childhood Education and Care". Regular updates are available at www.oecd.org/edu/facilities.

June 2012

18-20
Conferences on Competitiveness of Universities (Seoul)
Third in the OECD Centre for Effective Learning Environments (CELE) conferences series on "Higher Education Spaces and Places: for Learning, Innovation and Knowledge Exchange", this conference on "Enhancing the Competitiveness of Universities through Educational Facilities" is organised in co-operation with OECD/CELE and the Educational Facilities Research & Management Center (EDUMAC) Korean Educational Development Institute (KEDI). Regular updates are available at www.oecd.org/edu/facilities/highereducation.

October 2012

19-20 The International Conference on Geological Repositories (Toronto) will hold its 4th edition in Toronto, Canada under the theme of the ICGRwhich is "National Commitment, Regional and Local Confidence". The conference is organised under the aegis of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency. Radioactive waste management organisations and authorities will meet and dialogue with civil society organisations as well as academics and other stakeholders. Visit www.oecd-nea.org/rwm/.
 
  RECENT OECD PUBLICATIONS
 
Perspectives on Global Development 2012 OECD Regional Outlook 2011 Solar Energy Perspectives International Engagement in Fragile States
Perspectives on Global Development 2012: Social Cohesion in a Shifting World
OECD Regional Outlook 2011: Building Resilient Regions for Stronger Economies Solar Energy Perspectives Conflict and Fragility
International Engagement in Fragile States:
Can't We Do Better?
Health at a Glance 2011 OECD Factbook 2011-2012 OECD Studies on Tourism he Future of Families to 2030

Health at a Glance 2011: OECD Indicators

OECD Factbook 2011-2012: Economic, Environmental and Social Statistics OECD Studies on Tourism
Climate Change and Tourism Policy in OECD Countries
The Future of Families to 2030
OECD Green Growth Studies ental Health and Work Equity and Quality in Education Latin American Economic Outlook 2012
OECD Green Growth Studies
Food and Agriculture

Mental Health
and Work

Sick on the Job?
Myths and Realities about Mental Health and Work

Equity and Quality in Education
Supporting Disadvantaged Students and Schools
Latin American Economic Outlook 2012
Transforming the State for Development
OECD Green Growth Studies Southeast Asian Economic Outlook 2011/12 Greening Development Dealing Effectively with the Challenges of Transfer Pricing
OECD Green Growth Studies
Energy
Southeast Asian Economic Outlook 2011/12 Greening Development
Enhancing Capacity for Environmental Management and Governance
Dealing Effectively with the Challenges of Transfer Pricing
   
   
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