The DCED is a forum where member agencies and others can come together to share experiences and to formulate a common understanding of good practice. This understanding is based particularly on empirical experience in the field: what has worked, and what has not.
Often, the experiences are harvested through a series of thematic conferences, featuring a wide range of peer-reviewed Papers, research and other evidence. During each conference, the materials are reviewed and discussed, leading to a shared agreement about what constitutes good practice. In other cases the members of the DCED’s thematic working groups work closely with experts to review and document their joint lessons.