Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC)



OECD Seminar on: Managing the Quality of Data Collection in Large Scale Assessments, 11-12 May 2017 (OECD Headquarters, Paris, France)

The purpose of this seminar is to convene a group of experts in the area of large scale surveys and assessments to discuss the management of the quality of data collection and the detection, mitigation and treatment of errors arising in the course of data collection. The context for the seminar is the forthcoming 2nd cycle of PIAAC. At the same time the seminar is intended to be of broad relevance to an audience of researchers and practitioners in the fields of survey research and comparative international assessment.

There is no registration fee, but attendees will be responsible for reserving and covering their travel and accommodation costs. Registration for the seminar is required (see registration form below) and is open until 14 April 2017. Participation will be limited to 110 people and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. The Seminar will be in English, with no interpretation.

- Draft Agenda 

- Speakers

- Registration form 

- Seminar venue: OECD Conference Center, 2 rue André-Pascal, 75016 Paris, France

- List of hotels close to the OECD Headquarters.


CALL FOR PAPERS - 4th PIAAC International Conference

Singapore, 22-23 November 2017

The OECD, in collaboration with the Institute for Adult Learning Singapore is organising the 4th PIAAC International Conference in Singapore, in November 2017.  The purpose of the conference is to promote the use of PIAAC data to help address relevant policy issues.

The organisers are launching a call for papers to be presented during the Conference. The papers should be primarily based on PIAAC data and have a clear policy focus, covering topics of relevance to economic, education, employment and social policy.


Those interested in participating in the conference and present their papers should send in an abstract of their paper (max. 2 pages) before June 30th to Authors of selected papers will be notified no later than August 1st, and will be asked to submit a final version of the paper by October 15th. The abstracts as well as the final papers should be written in English.

For more information, please visit the Conference page (available soon).

» See also:

- First PIAAC international Conference, Washington, D.C., United States, 13–15 November 2013

- Second PIAAC International Conference, Harleem, The Netherlands, 22-24 November 2015

- Third PIAAC International Conference, Madrid, 6-8 November 2016


International Conference on PIAAC and PIAAC-Longitudinal (Mannheim, Germany, 5-6 April 2017)

A Call for Paper is organised for this Conference.

We welcome submissions for symposia (deadline: Sept. 30, 2016), single presentations and posters (deadline: Oct. 31, 2016).
Note that we welcome both contributions with a substantial focus as well as methodological contributions. All contributions should either use PIAAC data or show implications for the next international PIAAC cycle.

For more information on submission and registration, please see the conference webpage: 

For information on forthcoming PIAAC workshops, please contact:


Webinar: PIAAC Prison Study: An Overview of the Skills of U.S. Incarcerated Adults (22 February 2017, 11am - 12pm EST)


On February 22nd, the American Institutes for Research will host a presentation and discussion on a recently released report using data from the Program for International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) titled Highlights from the U.S. PIAAC Survey of Incarcerated Adults: Their Skills, Work Experience, Education, and Training (PDF). This report provided information on skills and competencies of the incarcerated adults, comparing to that of adults in U.S. households. The report also reported on the extent of inmates’ participation in formal education, empowerment classes (such as parenting or personal finance management), and job training programs.

Register for the webinar here.




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