POERUP achieved their aims and objectives by:
- studying a range of countries in Europe and seen as relevant to Europe, in order to understand what OER activities and initiatives are under way, and why they are continuing (or stopping, or more starting) – and taking account of reports from other agencies and projects studying OER in other countries;
- researching case studies of the end-user–producer communities behind OER initiatives in order to refine and elaborate recommendations to formulate a set of action points that can be applied to ensuring the realisation of successful, lively and sustainable OER communities;
- developing informed ideas on policy formulation using evidence from POERUP and (the few) other policy-oriented studies, POERUP staff’s own experience in related projects, and ongoing advice from other experts in the field.
The project used a multi-method research approach to triangulate research data from different sources to gain an in-depth view of the European OER policy environment by:
- Producing a global inventory of over 500 relevant national and other large-scale OER initiatives as a result of a thorough desktop analysis. The initiatives are all documented in a large database and can be shown on a searchable OER Map.
- Producing 11 country reports and 22 mini-reports. These country reports were created based on literature review and document analysis of relevant policy papers and country reports from previous projects.
- Selecting eight case studies from the inventory in the context of the country studies. To gain an in-depth view into the dynamics of OER communities, Social Network Analysis (SNA) methodology was used.
- Creation of policy advice reports for universities, schools and colleges.