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Youth Research Dialogues

The RAY Monitoring editions started!

Our 4th Youth Research Dialogue in 2023 took place on 31 October and marked the beginning of our ‘RAY Monitoring Editions’.

What are the ‘RAY Monitoring Editions’?

Our last and the next upcoming episodes were and will be dedicated to the RAY research projects on the monitoring of the European youth programmes. We will share insights of preliminary findings by discussing them along different aspects and topics, such as the programme priorites, programme journeys of beneficiaries, impact on participants and organisations, reflections on individual and broader levels as well as programme management issues. Perspectives for practice and policy will be also included in the discussions.

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 will remain 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.

Kick-off on 31 October: RAY Monitoring Surveys – First Exciting Insights

On 31 October, we shared ‘First Exciting Insights’ from the RAY Monitoring for Erasmus+ Youth. We took a general look at the survey design and development as well as shared first findings from a transnational point of view along a different range of topics and aspects. Furthermore, our two speakers, Andrea Horta and Friedemann Schwenzer from the RAY transnational research team, discussed ideas and take away points of this first analysis which can be relevant for different stakeholders in policy and practice.

Moderation was done by Leena Suurpää  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:

Whats’ next

The next Youth Research Dialogue, which is part of the ‘RAY Monitoring Editions’, will happen on 29 November. For now, please save-the-date, we will announce further details in due time.


Andrea Horta and Friedemann Schwenzer work for Youth Policy Labs, a small research agency and think tank in the youth sector. Both are part of the RAY transnational research team. Andrea has a research background in neuroscience and psychology, Friedemann has a background in cultural studies. They work with various topics and projects at the intersections of youth work and research, such as digitalisation with the European youth field or organisational learning and development of youth sector organisations and networks.

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