Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

The mission of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.



OECD Library




The OECD not only measures skills in student and adult populations, it also works with countries to develop skills strategies tailored to specific needs and contexts. The evidence shows that using both cognitive (literacy, numeracy) and “soft” (communicating, influencing, negotiating) skills in the workplace and maintaining them over a lifetime is strongly related to greater skills proficiency – which, in turn, is related to economic and social well-being.

Definition and Selection of Competencies: Theorical and Conceptual Foundations (DeSeCo)

The OECD National Program Definition and Selection of Competencies: Theorical and Conceptual Foundations (DeSeCo) was initiated at the end of 1997 and managed by the Swiss Federal Statistical Office with major support from the United States Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics.

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI)

The Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) does extensive research work which covers learning at all ages, from birth to old age. It goes beyond the formal education system. While having a particular concern with emerging trends and issues, CERI reflects on the futures of schools and universities. CERI often has a longer timeframe than most work, typically aiming to set an agenda for the future, with a goal to ensure that the work is thoroughly integrated with empirical analysis and innovation awareness. Specific emphasis is put on accumulating statistical evidence to the value of its research work.

Brain and Learning

Is the current classroom model of learning “brain-unfriendly”?   Why are students failing to master numeracy and literacy skills efficiently enough to be employable?  Why are one out of six students disruptive and school-haters?

Since 1999, CERI’s  “Brain and Learning” project has been working towards a better understanding of the learning processes of an individual’s lifecycle.

Observatory of Public Sector Innovation

The OECD has developed an Observatory of Public Sector Innovation (OPSI) which collects and analyses examples and shared experiences of public sector innovation to provide practical advice to countries on how to make innovations work.  The OPSI provides a place for sharing, discussing and co-creating solutions that work.

Directorate for Education and Skills


The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a triennial international survey which aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students.

Development Centre

We help developing countries and emerging economies find innovative policy solutions to promote sustainable growth, reduce poverty and inequalities, and improve people’s lives. We facilitate a policy dialogue between governments, involving public, private and philanthropic actors. Countries from Africa, Asia and Latin America participate as full members in the Centre, where they interact on an equal footing with OECD members.


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