Organization of the research project

All seven main consortium partners (Belgium, United Kingdom, Sweden, Portugal, the Netherlands, Poland and Spain) are involved in every WP, and will analyse the question(s) at hand in the selected regions in their own country. The Austrian and Hungarian consortium partners will concentrate their research proceedings in WP2, WP5 and WP8 and will not participate in the new data collection in WP3 and WP4. Nonetheless, the organisation of the research will allow to compare and broaden research findings based on WP3 and WP4 to the Austrian and Hungarian context. Consequently, a comparative analysis based on existing and new data acquired in nine European countries with a different ESL-profile can be achieved by the end of the project.

Since we aim to generate an in-depth understanding of mechanisms behind and processes influencing ESL, as well as systematic comparisons and quantitative generalizations, a mixed-method research design is opted for.

The work plan and methodology can be divided into a part with a descriptive finality, that mainly will be based on existing data (WP1&2); a part with an analytic finality wherein mainly new data will be gathered using both quantitative (WP3) and qualitative (WP4) research methods; and a closing part with a normative, forward-looking finality wherein all results will be bundled (WP5) and policy recommendations will be formulated (WP6). Finally, a cost-benefit analysis will support implementation of policies to reduce early school leaving on a regional, national and European scale (WP7).

Coordination & output

Each Work Package has its own WP leader and specific output materials: