Research and analysis
Community learning: learner survey - after 2 years
Describing the effects of community learning on learners up to 2 years later. BIS research paper number 170.
The first community learning learner survey report set out findings from interviews with learners who had completed a community learning course in England during the period July 2011 to February 2012.
This report describes the results of a second survey with the same learners, around 1 year later and up to 2 years after they completed their courses. The survey interviewed 1,951 learners to find out whether the effects they reported soon after learning were continuing.
This report describes a range of self-reported changes in learners’ lives since the time of the first interview, including:
- personal progression
- personal well-being
- social and community aspects
- work and employability
- parenting and relationships with children
- attitudes to learning
- willingness to pay for learning
The survey data tables are available above.
The report includes 4 photo stories to help illustrate the benefits of participating in community learning and show how participation is linked to decision-making and longer term impacts. View the learner journeys below.