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Last updated 15 August 2014 15:55 by NZTecAdmin


ALM Adults Learning Mathematics - A research forum (ALM) is an international research forum bringing together researchers and practitioners in adult mathematics/numeracy teaching and learning in order to promote the learning of mathematics by adults.
European Basic Skills Network  The European Basic Skills Network, EBSN, is a non-profit association bringing together policy makers and providers engaged in basic skills training for adults. It aims to promote excellence in policy design and policy implementation in a field that has considerable impact on education, employment, social inclusion, the fight against poverty, and sustainable economic growth. 
EliNet The European Literacy Policy Network gathers and analyses policy information; exchanges policy approaches, good practice, and initiatives and raises awareness of the importance of acting now to reduce the number of children, young people and adults with low literacy skills by 2020. ELINET is formed of 79 partner organisations from 28 countries.
OECD Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) website on Adult Literacy with link to the  OECD Programme for the Interational Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIACC).
OECD PIAAC OECD collects and analyses data that assist governments in assessing, monitoring and analysing the level and distribution of skills among their adult populations as well as the utilisation of skills in different contexts through the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC - also known as the Survey of Adult Skills) and the Education and Skills Online Assessment for individuals


Institute for Lifelong Learners

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) is a non-profit, policy-driven, international research, training, information, documentation and publishing centre of UNESCO.

See also:

UNESCO Institute for Statistics A source for cross-nationally comparable statistics on education, science and technology, culture, and communication for more than 200 countries and territories. 

UNICEF publishes data on literacy rates in UNICEF's priorities in education are:



ACER  The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) is an independent educational research centre. ACER undertakes research and programme consultancies in youth and adult education, vocational and workforce education contexts in Australia and globally for institutions, industry, governments and a wide range of stakeholders. ACER’s research in vocational, adult and workplace education addresses core skills, adult language, literacy and numeracy, careers and vocational interest assessments, curriculum and standards development, quality and benchmarking services, teaching and learning consultancies, policy and program evaluation, surveys on pathways and transitions, psychometric and statistical analysis, and selection testing.
Literacy and Numeracy Australian Federal government website with links to literacy and numeracy organisations and activity in Australia. 
LiteracyNet Australian government Department of Industry website containing key information about Australian adult literacy activities and links to a range of additional programme, professional development, resource and research sites (including training programmes).
National Centre for Vocational Education Research The Australian National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) is a professional and independent body responsible for collecting, managing, analysing, evaluating and communicating research and statistics about vocational education and training (VET) in Australia. 
National Financial Literacy Strategy The Australian National Financial Literacy Strategy 2014-17 sets out a national direction for financial literacy and provides a practical framework for action.


The Centre for Literacy of Quebec

The Centre for Literacy closed on Thursday, May 28, 2015. There is no further telephone connection, but the e-mail, centforlitinfo@gmail.com, will remain in place. The website will also stay up while people associated with the Centre work with partner organizations to find ways to keep the Centre’s resources accessible.



Comprehensive digital collection of Literacy and Essential Skills tools and resources.  Copian provides information and knowledge-sharing services to the Literacy and Essential Skills field in Canada.
  Literacy and Learning Blog  Dr Ralf St Clair's Literacy and Learning Blog.


National Adult Literacy Agency The Irish National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) is an independent charity committed to making sure people with literacy and numeracy difficulties can fully take part in society and have access to learning opportunities that meet their needs. Since 1980 NALA has been involved with tutor training, developing teaching materials, distance education services, policy making, research and campaigns to raise awareness of the causes, extent and responses to adult literacy difficulties in Ireland.
Maths Eyes

The ‘maths eyes’ website has been developed in Ireland and is designed to encourage us all to develop our ‘maths eyes’ and discover the mathematics that surrounds us and that we use every day.

The ‘maths eyes’ website is a resource for tutors and anyone who would like to develop their own maths eyes support and help others to do so.

You can see an inspiring video with Dr Terry Maguire, Director of Ireland’s National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and creator of ‘maths eyes’ talking about the concept here.


New Zealand

Ako Aotearoa Ako Aotearoa is New Zealand's National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence. The Ako Aotearoa Research Register is a comprehensive source of information on recent tertiary education research and implementation projects, currently being conducted in New Zealand (2006 onwards). 
ALCR: Adult Literacy and Communication Research Group Massey University research group specialising in adult literacy and communication.
  Financial Education and Research Centre (FinEd Centre)  
Ministry of Education: Education Counts Education Counts' aim is to increase the availability and accessibility of information about education statistics and research in New Zealand.
National Centre of Literacy and Numeracy for Adults The  National Centre of Literacy and Numeracy for Adults is a key part of the national infrastructure to strengthen the literacy and numeracy skills of adult learners in New Zealand. The website includes: research and policy information, professional learning resources, and links to the Pathways Awarua teaching and learning resources and the Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool. 
  National Research Bureau (NRB) The National Research Bureau Ltd conducted the PIAAC survey on behalf of the Ministry of Education in collaboration with the OECD, under the field name the International Survey of Adult Skills (ISAS).

Independent educational research organisation generating the ideas, questions, tools, products and services to meet educational needs now and for the future. The NZCER library offers a number of free products and services to the public:

NZ National Strategy for Financial Literacy  The Commission for Financial Capability (CFFC) is a government-funded agency tasked with helping New Zealanders become financially capable, putting them in the best possible position to achieve their life goals and reach retirement in good financial health.
PIAAC NZ This is the New Zealand Ministry of Education site for the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) International Survey of Adult Skills (ISAS); New Zealand is in PIAAC Round 2, with results due in 2016.
Tertiary Education Commission

The Tertiary Education Commission Te Amorangi Mātauranga Matua (TEC) leads the government’s relationship with the tertiary sector and makes investments in tertiary education and training on the government’s behalf. The role of TEC is to provide advice to the government on the activities and performance of Tertiary Education Organisations and the tertiary education sector, and to provide advice on the implementation of policy and the operational implications of new policy initiatives. The TEC publishes reports, including:

  New Zealand Literacy and Numeracy Portral The New Zealand Literacy and Numeracy Portal is designed to provide a knowledge base of adult literacy and numeracy information contributed by both New Zealand and international organisations. It provides a rich source of information for all people in New Zealand interested in adult literacy and numeracy. Information about a range of subject areas and delivery contexts has been catalogued.
Literacy, Language and Numeracy The University of Waikato’s Literacy, Language and Numeracy work aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2015. The Resources page contains evidence-based practical resources that support good literacy, language and numeracy teaching and learning.


SVEB SVEB is the Swiss national umbrella organisation for adult education, including adult literacy and numeracy.  It operates as a professional association and pressure group in all three language regions.

United Kingdom

Adult Literacies Online Scottish-based bank of adult literacies learning and teaching resources, training materials, research and reports.
NIACE NIACE, the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, is a development organisation and think-tank, working on issues central to the economic renewal of the UK, particularly in the political economy, education and learning, public policy and regeneration fields. In 2007, NIACE and the Basic Skills Agency (BSA) merged together as one organisation.

The National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy (NRDC) is the national independent centre for adult literacy, numeracy and ESOL. NRDC conducts research and development projects to improve literacy, numeracy, language and related skills and knowledge.

RaPAL  Research and Practice in Adult Literacies (RaPAL) is an independent network of learners, teachers, managers and researchers in adult education focusing on the role of literacies in adult life.

United States of America


The Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS) is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) to expand evidence-based practice in the field of adult literacy. The LINCS initiative features on-demand, web-based professional development opportunities; targeted face-to-face training, high-quality resources; and an interactive online learning community.

LINCS is comprised of three components:

1. the LINCS Resource Collection

2. Regional Professional Development Centers

3. the LINCS Community, an online community of practice

  Literacy Connects  Literacy Connects is a Tucson, U.S.A. non-profit organisation connecting individuals and groups to work collaboratively toward better literacy outcomes. Literacy Connects programmes: coach children in reading; help adults with reading, writing, math and English; teach parents the importance of reading to their children; help young people experience the power of words and ideas through the arts; and put books in the hands of people who need them.
  Literacy.org Literacy.org at the University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education, U.S.A. is comprised of the National Center for Adult Literacy (NCAL) NCAL and the International Literacy Institute (ILI)ILI. Literacy.org is a resource for research and development on literacy in the U.S. and worldwide. 

World Education makes available for download from this website the research, training and teaching resources, and other materials published by the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL), which closed in 2007. 


The National Institute for Literacy aims to develop literacy as a national asset, using knowledge, research and practice, and working in collaboration with the Secretaries of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services, and with other partners.

  ProLiteracy  America ProLiteracy America is the U.S. Programs Division of ProLiteracy Worldwide, an educational corporation that supports literacy programs in 47 developing countries and the U.S.A.
NIFL on EdPubs Order free U.S. Department of Education Publications from this site
U.S. Adult Literacy Programs

A Review of Research on Positive Outcomes Achieved by Literacy Programs and the People They Serve



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