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everyday-life Practices and Skills Survey (e-PASS)

The Survey of Everyday Practices and Skills (e-PASS) is a simple, cost-effective, flexible and practical method for assessing the literacy and numeracy skills of individuals aged 15 and older. It provides reliable and comparable information based on sound methodology to national and international policy-makers to assist them in planning, developing and monitoring programmes. The e-PASS methodology and tools enable Member States to generate data for reporting on SDG 4 Indicator 4.6. to support knowledge and capacity-building in participating countries.

The e-PASS is based on the Literacy Assessment and Monitoring Programme (LAMP), developed by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) to collect high-quality data on adolescent and adult literacy through national household surveys. The assessment consists of a background questionnaire that focuses on occupational and the everyday use of literacy and numeracy skills, and a short cognitive questionnaire that assesses these skills. 

The e-PASS is offered in multiple languages and modalities, in part to ensure that it works in low-connectivity environments. Participating countries are encouraged to customize the survey to meet local or regional needs, and UIL can assist countries in developing their own tools to complement the existing assessments. In addition to the questionnaire, UIL provides guidance on training, administration, scoring and coding, as well as targeted technical advice on how to conduct the survey, and support to countries at all stages of implementation.