To enhance cooperation between researchers in the partner countries and regions, and in Europe in general
Studying early school leaving processes by collecting and analyzing comparable data and evidence on a European level is important, and keeps in line with policy as well as academic needs. The consortium is constructed in such a way that countries and partners were chosen with relevant ESL-profiles and with specific attention for their expertise in the educational field and related issues.
In Europe some countries have high ESL rates but experienced an important decrease in the last decade, yet other countries with high rates saw further increases. On the other hand, some European countries have low ESL rates, with differing evolutions in the past ten years while other have ESL rates around the 10% benchmark the EU put forward. Countries and partners were chosen taking into account these profiles but also their geographical situation. As a consequence the consortium incorporates partners from the North, South, West and East of Europe. This increases the integration of various experiences with and approaches of the issue of ESL incorporating a sufficient amount of diversity as to lift the analytical insights and recommendations to a level exceeding the consortium.
The innovative management structures furthermore ensures various partners take up coordinating roles with respect to the different work packages which strengthens the cooperation and integration of the work of each of the partners and the different packages.
Moreover, entry to the field and data collection will be facilitated through this approach. All universities/research institutions involved in the consortium consist of an interdisciplinary team of researchers. This composition is essential as the consortium will use a multidisciplinary, mixed-method approach in each of the seven countries.
As mentioned, the focus of the project demands an interdisciplinary approach, in order to develop a theoretically and empirically sound cross-country and cross-region research design. The project strives for maximal incorporation of meso and macro level context-influencing and micro level individual factors on the processes under study. By adopting a case study approach and comparing and contrasting a diversity of important European countries, and various types of regions within these countries.