Communal Educational Monitoring

In a subproject of the BMBF Programme “Lernen vor Ort“ (“Learning in the Community“), which is funded for a duration of three years, the project team will develop and establish an “Communal Educational Monitoring“ in 40 participating communities.

Project description

Conceptualising and Establishing a Governance Instrument at the Community Level

Educational Monitoring at the Community Level (KBM) is a project within the framework programme for “Learning in the community“ (LvO), funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) – the  LvO initiative was  jointly launched by BMBF and German foundations. Educational monitoring can be understood as a continuous, largely data-based process of observing and analysing an education system in its entirety as well as its individual components, for the purpose of informing educational policy and the public regarding framework conditions, process characteristics, outcomes and benefits of educational processes. The KBM project and participating communities (districts, local authorities) are creating a foundation for a coherent educational management and for evidence-based educational policy.


“Kommunales Bildungsmonitoring (KBM)“ aims to advise local authorities on implementing monitoring activities and preparing concrete products, for instance educational reports, and to support them respectively. The products generated by the communities within the framework of educational monitoring are meant to identify general problems and offer an empirical foundation for the information on educational processes in the communities, thus providing valid governance knowledge for a holistic, coherent educational management regarding education across the lifespan – as well as contributing to improving the quality of education at community level.

Project process

In a first funding phase (2009 until 2012) the project team at DIPF supported 40 participating local authorities in their analytical, indicator-based realisation of educational monitoring at the community level by

  • intensive process-related scientific advice given to local authorities,
  • customised trainings and conferences.

The second funding phase (2012 until 2014) deals with the further development of data-based educational monitoring at the community level in 35 municipalities in Germany. The KBM team at DIPF will thus focus on the following priority fields of work:

I. Continuation of scientific advice and support:

  • Counselling and support of LvO communities in continuing and improving respectively enhancing their ongoing educational monitoring, Particularly regarding the development of strategies for designing a correlation between local educational monitoring and local educational management.
  • Conceptualising and conducting training courses aiming to deliver scientific-academic foundations, for continuing analytic, indicator-based realisations of educational monitoring at the community level, including social sphere analyses, operationalising educational processes and informal learning activities, as well as the further development of output indicators. Particular attention will be paid to aspects relating to the implementation of monitoring outcomes into management activities and the development of respective management strategies.
  • Preparation of materials supporting local authorities participating in the eproject LvO.

II. Transfer of the concept and of KBM experiences beyond LvO:

  • Preparation respectively compilation of practice-proven materials for educational monitoring at the community level and the correlation of educational monitoring and educational management (e.g. guidelines, workshop reports, methodological instruction) for the counseling activities of transfer agencies / other structures.
  • Conceptualising and realising training courses focusing on “conceptualisation and realisation of educational monitoring at the community level” and “implementation of monitoring outcomes in coherent educational management“. Furthermore, it is possible to conduct training workshops focusing on specific thematic aspects concerning experiences gained from LvO communities.
  • Advice and support of transfer agency staff/staff working in other structures in implementing training strategies for setting up and running educational monitoring at the community level.

Counselling and support of LvO communities

Participating communities are advised by the KBM consortium. Members of the consortium are the German Institute for International Educational Research, the Federal Statistical Office, the statistical office of the federal state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, the German Institute for Adult Education and Syncwork AG/Robotron Datenbank-Software GmbH.

Participating communities in the program “Learning in the community” and their education reports

(only in German; status July 2013)

Further communal education reports 

(only in German; status July 2013)

Regional and federal state educational reports

(only in German)

Educational report Ruhr 2012 

Educational reports of the Laender

National educational reports

National educational report Germany 2012
National educational report Switzerland 2010
The Condition of Education 2010 (USA) (pdf)
National educational report Austria 2012 (vol 1) (pdf)
National educational report Austria 2012 (vol 2) (pdf) Education Indicators in Canada: An International Perspective 2009 (pdf)

Further education events

Presentations (Password protected Downloads for Participants)

Funding and governance of the programme

Financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the European Social Fund (ESF). The Projektträger im Deutschen Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (PT-DLR, Project Management Agency – part of the German Aerospace Center) , a member of  Helmholz Association, manages the programme on behalf of the BMBF. PT-DLR and the office of the liaison of foundations jointly co-ordinate all activities in the programme.

Project Management

Prof. Dr. em. Horst Weishaupt

Project Details

Completed Projects
Department: Educational Governance
04/2009 – 08/2014
External funding