Mandate: Resolution of the Council approved at its 1248th session held on 16 September 2011 [C/M(2011)14/PROV item 156 and C(2011)88]
Resolution of the Council [C(2011)88, Annex]
RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL CONCERNING THE MANDATE OF THE CENTRE FOR EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH AND INNOVATION
Having regard to the Convention on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development of 14 December 1960;
Having regard to the Rules of Procedure of the Organisation;
Having regard to the Financial Regulations of the Organisation;
Having regard to the Resolution of the Council concerning the participation of non-Members in the work of subsidiary bodies of the Organisation [C(2004)132/FINAL];
Having regard to the Decision of the Council of 24 July 1981 concerning a Programme on Educational Research and Innovation [C(81)53(Final)] as last renewed by Council on 14 December 2006 [Annex III of C(2006)173 and C/M(2006)20, Item 265];
Having regard to the recommendations of the In-depth Evaluation of the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation [C(2010)148 and C/M(2011)2, Item 11, iii)];
Having regard to the proposed revision of the mandate of the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation [C(2011)88];
The Centre for Educational Research and Innovation is renewed with the following revised mandate:
The work of the Centre reflects and complements the priorities of OECD Members as a whole in providing employment opportunities for all, improving human capital and social cohesion. The Centre contributes to supporting participating OECD Members and non-Members in their efforts to achieve high quality lifelong learning for all, which contributes to personal development, sustainable economic growth and social cohesion. It is carried out with due regard to the mandates of other education bodies, namely the Education Policy Committee (EDPC), the Programme on Institutional Management of Higher Education (IMHE) and the Programme on International Student Assessment (PISA).
The operational objectives of the Centre shall be to:
• provide and promote international comparative research, innovation and key indicators on current and emerging education and learning issues, and their links to other sectors of policy;
• explore forward-looking and innovative approaches to education and learning in the context of national and international cultural, social and economic change;
• facilitate the bridging between educational research, innovation and policy development and promote co-operation among Members and, where relevant, with non-Members, in order to seek solutions and exchange views on educational problems of common interest.
Participation in CERI will be open to all OECD member countries. Invitations to and participation of non-Members in CERI will be considered by the Governing Board and may be recommended by the Governing Board to the Council (via the External Relations Committee). Members and non-Member full participants will be together referred to as participants.
The Governing Board of the Centre
The Governing Board shall be composed of one national expert in the field of competence of the Centre from each of the Centre’s participants. Experts shall be proposed by the participants, and should have senior standing and expertise in the field of education, either as researcher with strong connection to policy, or as policy maker with strong connection to educational research and innovation. The Secretary General shall forward proposals for membership of the Governing Board to the Council for approval. The Council shall appoint the members for the duration of the Governing Board mandate or until the participant proposes an alternative expert for nomination in accordance with the foregoing procedure.
Participants in which the competence on education matters are shared between different levels of authority, may propose one additional national expert. These nominations will be reviewed by the Chair and Vice-Chairs and, if approved, will be submitted to Council in accordance with the foregoing procedure.
The Governing Board shall be concerned with all matters in the field of competence of the Centre. Having regard to the mandate of the Education Policy Committee, the Governing Board:
• develops and approves its draft work programme and budget within the Medium-Term Strategy objectives developed by the Education Policy Committee;
• monitors the quality and timeliness of output results, activities and projects;
• disseminates its policy advice and analysis, research and data to a wide range of stakeholders in Members and non-Members;
• evaluates the outcomes of the Centre’s work;
• seeks the guidance of the Education Policy Committee for recommendations with major policy implications and for decisions to launch major new activities with significant financial implications for OECD members.
The Chair or a Vice-Chair of the Education Policy Committee and the Governing Boards of the Programme on Institutional Management in Higher Education and the Programme for International Student Assessment may attend meetings of the Governing Board ex officio.
Budget of the Centre
The expenditure of the Centre shall be charged against the appropriations authorised for it under Part II of the Budget of the Organisation.
In order to secure stable funding for the Centre and smooth the payment of assessed contributions by participating countries over successive years, appropriations for which no commitment has been entered into before the end of the Financial Year for which they were appropriated as well as any surplus income shall be automatically carried forward to the budget for the ensuing year by decision of the Secretary‑General, notwithstanding the provisions of Article 10 of the Financial Regulations of the Organisation.
Relationship with other bodies
The Governing Board shall maintain close working relationships with other relevant bodies of the Organisation working on issues that affect the development and implementation of educational research and innovation and have implications for other policy areas. The Governing Board shall co-operate with other international and regional organisations active in its field of competence. It may consult with non-governmental bodies as and when necessary.
This mandate shall remain in force until 31 December 2016."