European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network Database, ELGPN Database





The information presented to support a finding or conclusion. Evidence should be sufficient, competent and relevant: there are four types of evidence: observations (obtained through direct observation of people or events); documentary (obtained from written information); analytical (based on computations and comparisons); and self-reported (obtained through, for example, surveys).


Evidence can come in a variety of forms provided by a variety of research methods, and can be of varying strength or robustness. The strength or robustness of evidence depends upon the qualitative or quantitative approach used. Social, economic and management indicators can constitute an appropriate evidence base, if they adequately reflect the relation of guidance provision to specific outcomes (i.e. retention rate in education or employment) by, for example, connecting to performance measures and indicators.


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