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The Composite Learning Index and European Lifelong Learning Indicators


The Composite Learning Index (CLI) is Canada’s annual measure of progress in lifelong learning. It is based on a combination of statistical indicators that reflect the many ways Canadians learn, whether in school, in the home, at work or within the community. The CLI is an unprecedented measurement tool that expresses how learning in all aspects of life is critical to the success of individuals, communities and the country as a whole.


The real strength of the CLI is found in its construction: the 17 indicators and 26 specific measures that are used to calculate progress in lifelong learning for more than 4,500 communities across Canada. Each year, CCL reviews the available data on learning to ensure that the CLI is up-to-date and representative of learning in all its forms.


Learning to Know


Learning to Do


Learning to Live Together



Learning to Be



The first-ever European Lifelong Learning Indicators (ELLI) Index, a measurement tool that offers a comprehensive overview of learning conditions in 23 European Union member states, was released on August 30, 2010 by the charitable foundation Bertelsmann Stiftung in Gütersloh, Germany.


Like the CLI, the ELLI-Index is thematically organized under UNESCO’s four “pillars of learning”: Learning to know; Learning to do; Learning to be; and Learning to live together.


The ELLI-Index relies on a complex “basket” of 17 indicators and 36 specific measures to generate lifelong learning scores for nearly two dozen countries, including Austria, Germany, France, Denmark and the United Kingdom.



The Composite Learning Index (CLI). Available from: www.cli-ica.ca/en/about/international.aspx


European Lifelong Learning Indicators (ELLI): Available from: www.bertelsmann-stiftung.de/cps/rde/xchg/bst/hs.xsl/90232_90237.htm

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