Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC)

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3rd PIAAC International Conference

Madrid (Spain), 6-8 November 2016

The OECD, in collaboration with the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Government of the Community of Madrid, is organising the 3rd  PIAAC International Conference in Madrid, on 6-8 November 2016.  The purpose of the conference is to promote the use of PIAAC data to help addressing 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 [email protected]. 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.

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

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


For more information please contact: [email protected]


Call for Research Papers Using PIAAC Data - United States

The Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE, US Department of Education) is collaborating with the U.S. National Institutes of Health, specifically the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child and Human Development (NICHD) and the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), to sponsor a call for research papers on the relationship of education and skills to public health for adults and their families, particularly for those most at risk for poor educational, economic, and health outcomes.
The theme of the call is: Improving the Lives of Adults and Families: Identifying Individual and Systems-level Factors Relating Education, Health, Civic Engagement, and Economic Well-being. This effort leverages and extends the recent Institute of Medicine (IOM) report on U.S. Health in International Perspective as well as the recently released Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) cross-national, population-representative dataset, the Survey of Adult Skills, part of the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), to hone in on issues specific to the U.S. and allow for rich international comparisons.

» To know more about this Call for Papers.


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For information on forthcoming PIAAC workshops, please contact: [email protected]

Webinars, speeches, articles

Making literacy everybody’s business, by Andreas Schleicher - 14 Apr. 2016
Literacy for life, by Andreas Schleicher - 14 Apr. 2015
What teachers know and how that compares with college graduates around the world, by Andreas Schleicher - 22 Nov. 2014
Recording of the webinar with Andreas Schleicher - 8 Oct. 2013
Boosting skills essential for tackling joblessness and improving well-being, says OECD, (Press release) - 8 Oct. 2013
Launch of the OECD Survey of Adult Skills, speech by Secretary-General Ángel Gurría - 8 Oct. 2013
From Japan to Italy: Tour OECD's First-Ever National Rankings Of Adult Skills, by Andreas Schleicher - 8 Oct. 2013
Elevar la calidad de la educación, by Andreas Schleicher - 10 Oct. 2013
Skill up or lose out, by Andreas Schleicher - 8 Oct. 2013


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