The European Global Education Peer Review Process

The European Global Education Peer Review process grew out of a recommendation of the Maastricht Congress (2002), and the recognition that Global Education improvement at national level can be enhanced by international peer review and strategy learning. GENE facilitates the European Global Education Peer Review Process, providing the secretariat, and funding and expertise is provided by GENE participating Ministries and Agencies.

Peer Reviews to Date

To date, 12 Peer Review processes and one follow-up process have been undertaken – of Cyprus (pilot review early 2004), Finland (late 2004), Netherlands (2005), Austria (2006), the Czech Republic (2008), Norway and Poland (2009-10). A Peer Review follow-up process with Finland was also facilitated in 2010-2011, and a report on this launched in March 2011. Then followed Slovakia (report launched in February 2014), Portugal (report launched in 2014), Ireland (report launched in November 2015), Belgium (report launched in Brussels in spring 2017). The report from the most recently completed Peer Review of Cyprus was launched at the GENE Roundtable in Nicosia in October 2017. Further Peer Reviews are being scheduled for 2018 onwards.

Aim of the Peer Review Process

The main aim of the process is to increase and improve the structures for, support for, access to, and results of Global Education in European countries. National Reports, and the processes leading to them, act as a tool to enhance quality and reach nationally, provide learning for policymakers and practitioners in other countries, and provide for the possibility of international comparative analysis, bench marking, and improved policy making.

Learning and Reflection

During 2018, a reflection on the GENE Peer Review process took place in collaboration with other international organisations that run peer reviews and peer learning processes. In May 2018, a meeting took place in Paris to learn from each other’s processes and to consider the relationship between peer learning and policy change. A short report from this process is available to download here.