The dissemination strategy involves internal mutual recognition within the OCCAM network and external dissemination strategies to academic and non-academic audiences.

Internal Recognition

The mutual recognition of the individual PhD student’s publications is guaranteed by the frequent and compulsory presentations of their work at the workshops and evaluation meetings at the early and later stages. At the final conference, the key findings will also be summarized (see Training).

An important part of the networking and dissemination strategy is the pre-structured publication strategy. All early-stage researchers are advised to write a dissertation based on three papers. The PhD students are encouraged to invite a second student and a senior researcher to support the writing of the paper. The role of the second PhD student is to provide peer feedback to help the first author to improve the manuscript. Providing feedback is also a learning opportunity for the second early-stage researcher to develop important scientific and transferable skills (e.g., writing reviews, communication). The senior researcher typically supervises the overall writing process as well as the feedback, and provide her/his own feedback.

External Dissemination

The early-stage researchers are involved in both the dissemination strategy and its implementation. Individual and joint publications in high impact peer-reviewed journals (e.g., Comparative Educational Review, Economic Journal, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Sociology of Education, Psychometrika) are an important part of knowledge transfer. The Phd students are asked to disseminate their findings at international conferences in the form of posters or presentations (see individual websites on PhD Projects). The senior researchers are representatives in several professional associations, and they will organize symposia at the associations’ conferences. Early-stage researchers and external experts are invited to contribute papers to the symposia.


The blog “www.international-education.blog” addresses OCCAM-related research questions. Both researchers from inside and outside the ETN OCCAM are welcome to publish their work.

The blog “www.international-education.blog” aims to advance knowledge on a) how educational outcomes and quality are measured throughout the world and on b) the educational and political forces that shape learning environments and affect educational outcomes. We aim to publish research related to international assessments like PISA, TIMSS, PIRLS, TALIS, and ICCS including substantive analyses, technical notes, and critical comments. It aims to establish itself as a reliable source for information on comparative education for non-academic audiences (journalists, teachers, unions, and other non-academic stakeholders). To reach international audiences the blog is available in different languages.