Workshop on Non-Formal Education Data Collection

Workshop on Non-Formal Education Data Collection

Non-formal education (NFE) is an integral part of lifelong learning and adult education. It also provides the educationally underserved, including both youth and adults, with more flexible learning opportunities to acquire necessary knowledge, skills and competences. However, despite the fact that NFE has helped to create more inclusive learning environments, poor quality data make developing, planning and improving NFE programme difficult. NFE data collected by various service providers are rarely aggregated, produced or analyzed at national level. These challenges not only limit opportunities for evaluation and monitoring of on-going NFE programmes and policies, but also act as a significant barrier in building evidence-based, innovative solutions. One of the reasons that some countries cannot collect and compile data on NFE and alternative programmes is they lack effective data collection systems. In most countries, the NFE data collection process is ad-hoc without linking policy, planning and budgeting, which makes data less useful even if it is available.

In this regard, to help countries build capacity around NFE data collection and management, UNESCO Bangkok is planning to organise a two-day capacity development workshop on Monitoring of Non-Formal Education from 19 to 20 September, 2016.

This workshop will enable participants to share their current NFE data-related situation with others, discuss challenges and possible solutions, and develop a contextualised data collection tool at the end of the workshop.


  • To share country experiences, tools and techniques of NFE data collection and management among the participating countries
  • To present and discuss establishing NFE data collection systems for effective policy monitoring
  • To introduce and complete regional NFE data collection questionnaire
  • To make better use of existing data and to fill data gaps
  • To plan for future actions in each country with a potential for effective implementation