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Please find a selection of the research publications by the RAY Network below:

Youth in Action. Finding and Implications for Practice (pdf)
This paper presents implications of the results of the RAY transnational studies conducted on the “Youth in Action Programme” (2007-2013). It tries to give answers to “What do the results of the studies tell us about how Yout in Action has worked?”; “Which findings can be useful for the successor programme Erasmus+/Youth in Action?” and shows apart from the many positve effects of the programme implications for improvement.

Youth in Action – Much to be proud of (pdf)
The content is based on the self-perception of participants in Youth in Action Projects and taken from the analytical paper: Yael Oana (2016): “Youth in Action. Finding and Implications for Practice”.

20 Years European Voluntary Service. Effects (pdf)
This factsheet provides a selection of the positive effects of the European Voluntary Service.
The content is based on the self-perception of participants and taken from the ongoing research based analysis and monitoring of the EU youth programme by means of RAY.

Main Research Findings of RAY 2014 (pdf)
This document provides an overview of “Research-based analysis and monitoring of Youth in Action” (RAY), in particular of the RAY Network and its aims and objectives, the research approach and the main findings of research activities between 2009 and 2013.

Transnational Research Reports

A study on the effects of participation in a Youth in Action project on the level of competences (pdf)
This study explores the effects of participation in projects funded through Youth in Action on the level of competences. The outcomes of this study indicate that the participation in short-term mobility projects results in significant increase of selected competences and skills of participants, independently of other factors, thus validating outcomes of the study “Exploring Youth in Action “(see below).

Learning in Youth in Action – Transnational Analysis 2012

Special Survey on learning through participating in Youth in Action (pdf)
Executive summary of the special Survey on learning in Youth in Action (pdf)
This study explores the learning environment and processes in Youth in Action projects, the educational approaches and methods applied, in particular in the spectrum between informal, non-formal and formal learning. The outcomes of this study indicate that projects funded through Youth in Action provide a space for trying out and experiencing a variety of new educational/learning methods. A majority of participants indicate that the methods used triggered their interest for the topics addressed in their projects and helped them to learn something more easily. It also became evident that the learning is supported by a combination of informal, non-formal and more formal learning contexts.

Exploring Youth in Action – Transnational Analysis 2011

Transnational Analysis, published in 2012 (pdf)
Transnational Analysis, Executive Summary (pdf)
This study presents the findings of multilingual online surveys in 2010/2011 exploring the effects of Youth in Action projects on young people, youth workers and youth leaders involved in them, as well as on their organizations and communities; the study also analyses the profile of participants and project leaders/team members, the access to Youth in Action and the implementation of the projects. The outcomes of this study indicate that Youth in Action projects contribute to the development of all key competences for lifelong learning of both participants and project leaders, in particular of citizenship competences (of participants) as well as of youth work competences (of youth workers and youth leaders).

Exploring Youth in Action – Transnational Analysis 2010

Transnational Analysis, published in 2011 (pdf)
This study presents the findings of multilingual online surveys in 2009/2010 exploring the effects of Youth in Action projects on young people, youth workers and youth leaders involved in them, as well as on their organizations and communities; the study also analyses the profile of participants and project leaders/team members, the access to Youth in Action and the implementation of the projects. The outcomes of this study provide a first insight into the effects and implementation of Youth in Action projects.

Briefings and Summaries

Main Research Findings of RAY 2013 (pdf)
Here you find a summary of “Research-based analysis and monitoring of Youth in Action” (RAY), in particular of the main research findings from the surveys on the effects of Youth in Action between 2009 and 2011.

RAY Project Summary (pdf)
RAY Project Information (pdf)
RAY Survey Information (pdf)

Links to National Research Reports

Austria

http://2007-2013.jugendinaktion.at/start.asp?ID=948&b=165 (Österreichische und internationale Forschungsberichte auf der Seite von Jugend in Aktion auf Deutsch und Englisch)

http://www.uibk.ac.at/bgl/projects_networks/projekte.html.de#p13 (Österreichische Forschungsberichte auf der Seite der Universität Innsbruck auf Deutsch)

http://www.uibk.ac.at/bgl/projects_networks/projekte.html.en#p13 (Österreichische Forschungsberichte auf der Seite der Universität Innsbruck auf Englisch)

Czech Republic

http://www.mladezvakci.cz (zde je k dispozici národní zpráva v českém jazyce z dopadových studií za síť RAY)

http://www.naerasmusplus.cz (zde jsou k dispozici informace o síti RAY v českém jazyce a zároveň také národní a mezinárodní zprávy z dopadových studií)

Estonia

http://euroopa.noored.ee/opimaterjalid/uuringud

Finland

http://www.cimo.fi/ohjelmat/erasmusplus/nuorisotoimialalle/vaikuttavuus (Suomi)

http://www.cimo.fi/program/erasmusplus/ungdomssektorn/effekter (Svenska)

http://www.cimo.fi/services/services_by_sector/youth (English)

France

L’accès des jeunes avec moins d’opportunités à la mobilitè internationale dans un cadre non formel (pdf, French)

Jeunesses Ètudes et Synthèses: Le programme europèen au dèfi de l’équité (pdf, French)

Germany

https://www.jugendfuereuropa.de/ueber-jfe/publikationen/unter-der-lupe-2009-2013.3646/

Luxembourg

http://www.men.public.lu/fr/actualites/publications/enfance-jeunesse/statistiques-analyses/jeunesse/index.html (Web page from the Luxembourgish Ministry of Education, Childhood and Youth; Reports of youth studies)

http://europe.snj.lu/fr/publications/Evaluations%20%26%20statistiques (Web page from the Luxembourgish Agency of Youth in Action Programme; Publications and presentations)

http://orbilu.uni.lu/handle/10993/16314 (Webpage of the Open Repository and Bibliography of the University of Luxembourg – ORBIlu; Report of the Luxembourgish study on learning effects in the “Youth in Action” programme)

Poland

http://erasmusplus.org.pl/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/FRSE_Efekty_programu_www.pdf (summary of all national reports drafted by the Polish National Agency between 2011 – 2013 as well as an executive summary of transnational analysis)

http://www.mlodziez.org.pl/mlodziez-w-badaniach (full texts of all the national reports elaborated by the Polish National Agency)

Sweden

http://www.mucf.se/publikationer/jag-har-lart-mig-mycket-om-allt-inklusive-om-mig-sjalv#main-content

Slovakia

https://www.iuventa.sk/sk/Vyskum/Data-archiv.alej

Turkey

http://www.ua.gov.tr/docs/default-source/di%C4%9Fer/ray_ulusal_rapor_tr_f%C4%B1nal_pr%C4%B1nt%C4%B1ng.pdf?sfvrsn=0 (Türkçe Ulusal Rapor)

http://www.ua.gov.tr/docs/default-source/di%C4%9Fer/ray_ulusal_rapor_en_f%C4%B1nal_pr%C4%B1nt%C4%B1ng.pdf?sfvrsn=0 (İngilizce Ulusal Rapor)