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Last Youth Research Dialogue in 2023

In Beneficiaries’ Shoes: Erasmus+ Youth Survey Journeys

Our last Youth Research Dialogue in 2023 happened on 29 November. We continued our RAY Monitoring Editions with this second episode and focused on survey journeys of beneficiaries of the Erasmus+ Youth programme. Ashley Pitschmann and Tanja Strecker from the RAY transnational research team presented and discussed first findings and insights from perspectives of young people, youth workers and project team members, in particular of Youth Exchanges, Youth Participation projects as well as Youth Worker Mobilities.

Different aspects of their participation in Erasmus+ Youth projects and their reflection on the impact of these projects as well as their personal development and learning, e.g. through the Youthpass were discussed.

Moderation was done by Tomi Kiilakoski and digital facilitation by Domagoj Morić.

Live stream available
If you didn’t have the time to join or want to re-watch the Youth Research Dialogue again, just access the recording of the live stream here:


If you are interested in the first episode within this special editions series from 31 October (‘RAY Monitoring Surveys – First Exciting Insights’), you can check out more details as well as re-watch it HERE.

What’s next

Our Youth Research Dialogues continue in 2024. The first couple of episodes will still be dedicated to the RAY Monitoring surveys of the European youth programmes and therefore part of our special RAY Monitoring Editions. We will publish the next dates in early 2024!


>> Ashley Pitschmann is a researcher at Youth Policy Labs, a small research agency and think tank in the youth sector. Her work with the transnational research team of the RAY Network have focused on a number of projects including the impact of the Corona pandemic on youth work in Europe, the monitoring of the effects and outcomes of the Erasmus+ Youth Programmes for project participants and leaders, and development and capacity building in Erasmus+ Youth in Action.

>> Tanja Strecker works in the RAY Network’s transnational research team situated at Youth Policy Labs, a small research agency and think tank in the youth sector. She is also an associate lecturer at the University of Lleida (Spain). She completed her Ph.D. in 2018 with longitudinal work on social inequality in higher education and has published in journals such as the Journal of Youth Studies, Gender and Education and Young, among others.


The RAY Monitoring surveys are conducted with beneficiaries and participants of Erasmus+ Youth and European Solidarity Corps. For the first time since the start of the pandemic the RAY Network is surveying project participants and project team members of the the European youth programmes. The current surveys have been launched in June 2023 and remained open until October 2023. The multilingual online surveys aiming at analysing the impact of the European Youth Programmes and their effects on individual, organisational, community and European levels. Project participants and project team members who were part or implemented an Erasmus+ Youth or European Solidarity Corps project within the current programme period are invited to reflect on the effects of the projects and activities (e.g. on participation and citizenship, digitalisation, sustainability, diversity and inclusion) and their own learning pathway and competence development. Furthermore, the effects on learning organisations and communities, the inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities, the recognition of youth work, the European dimension as well as the implementation of the programmes are thematised.

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