Joint Programming Initiative

More Years, Better Lives

The Potential and Challenges of Demographic Change

Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC)
Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC)

Topic
Social, Civic and Cultural Engagement
Work and Productivity
Education and Learning
Uses of Technology
Relevance for this Topic
Country Europe
URL
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Governance

Contact information

Andreas Schleicher, Deputy Director, Directorate for Education and Skills
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
2, rue André Pascal
75775 Paris Cedex 16
France
Phone: +33 (0) 1 45 24 93 66
Email: Andreas.Schleicher(at)OECD.org
Url: http://www.oecd.org/site/piaac/

Timeliness, transparency

Round 1 (2008-13) -with 24 participating countries- results will be released in October 2013. Round 2 (2012-16) -with 9 participating countries- results will be released in 2016. A third Round is scheduled to begin in May 2014.

Type of data


Survey

Type of Study

Cross-section, occasional


The survey is aimed to be repeated over time, but the periodicity has not been yet defined.

Data gathering method

Face-to-face interview (CAPI, PAPI)

Type of data


Survey

Type of Study

Cross-section, occasional


The survey is aimed to be repeated over time, but the periodicity has not been yet defined.

Data gathering method

Face-to-face interview (CAPI, PAPI)

Type of data


Survey

Type of Study

Cross-section, occasional


The survey is aimed to be repeated over time, but the periodicity has not been yet defined.

Data gathering method

Face-to-face interview (CAPI, PAPI)

Type of data


Survey

Type of Study

Cross-section, occasional


The survey is aimed to be repeated over time, but the periodicity has not been yet defined.

Data gathering method

Face-to-face interview (CAPI, PAPI)


Access to data


Results and additional information are planned to be released in late 2013

Conditions of access


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Access to data


Results and additional information are planned to be released in late 2013

Conditions of access


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Access to data


Results and additional information are planned to be released in late 2013

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Access to data


Results and additional information are planned to be released in late 2013

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Coverage


Round 1: Data collected from 2008 to 2011; Total target sample size of 115,000 (5,000 in each country) Round 2: Data collection began in 2012. Target sample size of 45,000 (5,000 in each country). Round 3: Scheduled May 2014


2008


Round 1: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the United States Round 2: 9 more countries will be added – Chile, Greece, Indonesia, Israel, Lithuania, New Zealand, Singapore, Slovenia and Turkey Round 3: To be defined.


16-65 in private households who reside in the country at the time of data collection.


The survey is aimed at assessing literacy and numeracy skills and the ability to solve problems in technology-rich environments. PIAAC collects a broad range of information including how skills are used at work and in other contexts, such as the home and the community. Therefore, it provides an overview on how individuals understand, use, interpret and communicate written texts and mathematical information in a wide range of situations in adult life. Regarding social participation, the PIAAC collects information on people’s trust in others, the perception of others’ behaviour towards oneself, political efficacy, and individual participation in voluntary work.


• Hamilton, M. "Adult literacy in a global marketplace". fine 35(2) (2012): 14-18. • OECD. “Literacy, Numeracy and Problem Solving in Technology-Rich Environments. Framework for the OECD Survey of Adult Skills”. OECD Publishing, Paris, 2012. • OECD. “PIAAC Conceptual Framework of the Background Questionnaire Main Survey”. OECD, Paris, 2011. Available at: www.oecd.org/.../...alFramework_1%20Dec%202011.pdf
. • Sanchez, J., et al. "The millennium development goals, national statistical offices, the international statistical literacy project and statistical literacy in schools". Statistical Journal of the IAOS: Journal of the International Association for Official Statistics 27(3) (2011): 157-171. • Schleicher, A. “A New Strategy for Assessing Adult Competencies”. International Review of Education, 2008. DOI 10.1007/s11159-008-9105-0.

Coverage


Round 1: Data collected from 2008 to 2011; Total target sample size of 115,000 (5,000 in each country) Round 2: Data collection began in 2012. Target sample size of 45,000 (5,000 in each country). Round 3: Scheduled May 2014


2008


Round 1: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the United States Round 2: 9 more countries will be added – Chile, Greece, Indonesia, Israel, Lithuania, New Zealand, Singapore, Slovenia and Turkey Round 3: To be defined.


16-65 in private households who reside in the country at the time of data collection.


The OECD Survey of Adult Skills uses an innovative “job-requirements approach” to ask adults who are employed about a number of generic skills they use in the workplace. The survey asks adults how intensively and how frequently they use these skills at work. Therefore, it allows for the study of skill mismatch based on the duties performed and the skills needed. Information is also collected about four broad categories of generic work skills: cognitive skills, interaction and social skills, physical skills, and learning skills.


• Hamilton, M. "Adult literacy in a global marketplace". fine 35 (2) (2012): 14-18. • OECD. “Literacy, Numeracy and Problem Solving in Technology-Rich Environments. Framework for the OECD Survey of Adult Skills”. OECD Publishing, Paris, 2012. • OECD. “PIAAC Conceptual Framework of the Background Questionnaire Main Survey”. OECD, Paris, 2011. Available at: www.oecd.org/.../...alFramework_1%20Dec%202011.pdf
. • Sanchez, J., et al. "The millennium development goals, national statistical offices, the international statistical literacy project and statistical literacy in schools". Statistical Journal of the IAOS: Journal of the International Association for Official Statistics 27(3) (2011): 157-171. • Schleicher, A. “A New Strategy for Assessing Adult Competencies”. International Review of Education, 2008. DOI 10.1007/s11159-008-9105-0.

Coverage


Round 1: Data collected from 2008 to 2011; Total target sample size of 115,000 (5,000 in each country) Round 2: Data collection began in 2012. Target sample size of 45,000 (5,000 in each country). Round 3: Scheduled May 2014


2008


Round 1: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the United States Round 2: 9 more countries will be added – Chile, Greece, Indonesia, Israel, Lithuania, New Zealand, Singapore, Slovenia and Turkey Round 3: To be defined.


16-65 in private households who reside in the country at the time of data collection.


The survey is aimed at assessing literacy and numeracy skills, and the ability to solve problems in technology-rich environments. PIAAC collects a broad range of information including how skills are used at work and in other contexts, such as the home and the community. Therefore, it provides an overview on how individuals understand, use, interpret and communicate written texts and mathematical information in a wide range of situations in adult life. The PIAAC would also provide information on the current levels and investments in education and training during the previous 12-month period. In addition, it will compile information regarding the barriers to undertaking education and training, the learning style and the educational background (individual and parental) of the surveyed population.


• Hamilton, M. "Adult literacy in a global marketplace". fine 35(2) (2012): 14-18. • OECD. “Literacy, Numeracy and Problem Solving in Technology-Rich Environments. Framework for the OECD Survey of Adult Skills”. OECD Publishing, Paris, 2012. • OECD. “PIAAC Conceptual Framework of the Background Questionnaire Main Survey”. OECD, Paris, 2011. Available at: www.oecd.org/.../...alFramework_1%20Dec%202011.pdf
. • Sanchez, J., et al. "The millennium development goals, national statistical offices, the international statistical literacy project and statistical literacy in schools". Statistical Journal of the IAOS: Journal of the International Association for Official Statistics 27(3) (2011): 157-171. • Schleicher, A. “A New Strategy for Assessing Adult Competencies”. International Review of Education, 2008. DOI 10.1007/s11159-008-9105-0.

Coverage


Round 1: Data collected from 2008 to 2011; Total target sample size of 115,000 (5,000 in each country) Round 2: Data collection began in 2012. Target sample size of 45,000 (5,000 in each country). Round 3: Scheduled May 2014


2008


Round 1: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the United States Round 2: 9 more countries will be added – Chile, Greece, Indonesia, Israel, Lithuania, New Zealand, Singapore, Slovenia and Turkey Round 3: To be defined.


16-65 in private households who reside in the country at the time of data collection.


One of the topics covered is “Problem Solving in Technology-Rich Environments”. This refers to the ability to use technology and networks to solve problems and accomplish tasks. Therefore, it should not be considered as a measure of computer literacy. The PIAAC collects information on the computer use and the interaction with ICT at work and everyday life.


• Hamilton, M. "Adult literacy in a global marketplace". fine 35(2) (2012): 14-18. • OECD. “Literacy, Numeracy and Problem Solving in Technology-Rich Environments. Framework for the OECD Survey of Adult Skills”. OECD Publishing, Paris, 2012. • OECD. “PIAAC Conceptual Framework of the Background Questionnaire Main Survey”. OECD, Paris, 2011. Available at: www.oecd.org/.../...alFramework_1%20Dec%202011.pdf
. • Sanchez, J., et al. "The millennium development goals, national statistical offices, the international statistical literacy project and statistical literacy in schools". Statistical Journal of the IAOS: Journal of the International Association for Official Statistics 27(3) (2011): 157-171. • Schleicher, A. “A New Strategy for Assessing Adult Competencies”. International Review of Education, 2008. DOI 10.1007/s11159-008-9105-0.


Linkage


Labour-force status: ILO-definition

Linkage


Labour-force status: ILO-definition

Linkage


Labour-force status: ILO-definition

Linkage


Labour-force status: ILO-definition


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Applicability


The PIAAC data collection have been designed to provide links to the International Adult Literacy Survey, IALS (1994, 1996, 1998), as well as the Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey, ALL (2002, 2006). Consequently, the analysis of the common framework will allow the measurement of changes in the literacy competencies of populations over time. The PIAAC survey is aimed to provide comparative analysis of formal and informal skill-formation systems and their outcomes, and international benchmarking regarding adult skills. The data will provide information on the demographic characteristics, educational background (individual, parental, and linguistic), labour market outcomes, as well as the use of skills on daily, work and civic related activities. First results from the survey, as well as more specific methodological information, will be available in October of 2013.

Applicability


The PIAAC data collection have been designed to provide links to the International Adult Literacy Survey, IALS (1994, 1996, 1998), as well as the Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey, ALL (2002, 2006). Consequently, the analysis of the common framework will allow the measurement of changes in the literacy competencies of populations over time. The PIAAC survey is aimed to provide comparative analysis of formal and informal skill-formation systems and their outcomes, and international benchmarking regarding adult skills. The data will provide information on the demographic characteristics, educational background (individual, parental, and linguistic), labour market outcomes, as well as the use of skills on daily, work and civic related activities. First results from the survey, as well as more specific methodological information, will be available in October of 2013.

Applicability


The PIAAC data collection have been designed to provide links to the International Adult Literacy Survey, IALS (1994, 1996, 1998), as well as the Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey, ALL (2002, 2006). Consequently, the analysis of the common framework will allow the measurement of changes in the literacy competencies of populations over time. The PIAAC survey is aimed to provide comparative analysis of formal and informal skill-formation systems and their outcomes, and international benchmarking regarding adult skills. The data will provide information on the demographic characteristics, educational background (individual, parental, and linguistic), labour market outcomes, as well as the use of skills on daily, work and civic related activities. First results from the survey, as well as more specific methodological information, will be available in October of 2013.

Applicability


The PIAAC data collection have been designed to provide links to the International Adult Literacy Survey, IALS (1994, 1996, 1998), as well as the Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey, ALL (2002, 2006). Consequently, the analysis of the common framework will allow the measurement of changes in the literacy competencies of populations over time. The PIAAC survey is aimed to provide comparative analysis of formal and informal skill-formation systems and their outcomes, and international benchmarking regarding adult skills. The data will provide information on the demographic characteristics, educational background (individual, parental, and linguistic), labour market outcomes, as well as the use of skills on daily, work and civic related activities. First results from the survey, as well as more specific methodological information, will be available in October of 2013.


  • The information about this dataset was compiled by the author:
  • Diana Lopez-Falcon
  • (see Partners)