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New projects for LLLP in lifelong learning policy and research

LLLP is involved in two new EU-funded projects, Stride (2024-2027) which is starting in February this year and Bridge (2023-2025), which started in September 2023. Both projects have in common a focus on research in the field(s) of lifelong learning practices and policies.

BRiDGE (2023-2025)


The BRiDGE project supports the European Union aim to bridge the gap between research and policy. To be effective, education policy research and development needs to be supported by collaboration and critical reflection. The project will address existing gaps between the knowledge and expertise of Higher Education institution-based researchers, practitioners in civil society organisations, and policy-makers, that prevent the effective connection of evidence with policy-making.


The project brings together a collaborative pan-European professional learning community to support development of competences for policy research. It includes six university-based partners, an umbrella organisation bringing together 44 European networks working in education (LLLP), training and youth, and an international education policy think tank (EIESP).

The partners are:

  • Education Academy, Vytautas Magnus University/VMU) Lithuania (lead partner)

  • European Institute of Education and Social Policy/EIESP, France (lead content partner)

  • Lifelong Learning Platform, Belgium

  • The University of Education, Freiburg (Pädagogische Hochschule Freiburg/PHFR), Germany Faculty of Education and Psychology (PPK),

  • Eötvös Loránd University/ELTE, Hungary

  • Doctoral School of Human Sciences, Free University Brussels (Vrije Universiteit Brussel/VUB), Belgium

  • Institute of Education, University of Lisbon (Universidade De Lisboa/UL), Portugal

  • Centre for European Regional and Local Studies (EUROREG) University of Warsaw (Uniwersytet Warszawski /UW

The project design includes development of ‘intra-’ and ‘inter-’ professional learning communities, which will promote interconnected higher education systems, as well as offer opportunities for participation in democratic, social and civic engagement through formal and non-formal learning.

Save the date for the first Bridge community seminars (online) on 14 March 2024 (1pm-3pm) and 25 April 2024 (1pm-3pm). The first seminars will gather policy-makers, civil society representatives and academic researchers and exchange on the topic of the internationalisation of education (mobility of learners). Contact us here for more information.

STRIDE (2024-2027)

The Horizon Europe project led by the Norwegian University Oslomet, aims to provide a new, comprehensive and comparative knowledge-base on effective education reforms, policy initiatives and interventions aimed at reducing inequalities in education, training and learning outcomes in Europe.

STRIDE will do this through analyses of education reforms in national and regional systems, existing large-scale educational assessment data and existing longitudinal data on the causal link between educational and other social policies and inequalities in educational achievements.


STRIDE will closely examine the range of intersectional variables such as socio-economic background, gender, (dis)abilities, migration status, home language, early childhood education and care (ECEC) attendance, which may affect learning outcomes in different ways in different contexts.

Through the involvement of national and European stakeholders, STRIDE will develop methodology and assessment tools for policy learning offering policymakers a toolbox of enhanced knowledge of what shapes educational outcomes over time and demonstrating the usefulness of longitudinal data in policy-making to reduce educational inequalities in the short, medium and long term.

LLLP new website is still being settled in, stay tuned for more news about those two projects!


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