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Erasmus+ Youth in Action
and the quality of youth work

A crucial space for youth work

One specific objective of the programme is to foster quality development in youth work. Our research shows that Erasmus+ Youth in Action is successful in achieving this objective and contributes to “actively engaging youth organisations in the development, implementation and evaluation of policies affecting the lives of young people”, one of the key principles of the EU Youth Strategy 2019–2027.

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The RAY Network is the open research network of National Agencies of the European youth programmes and their research partners.

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Effects on youth work competences of project participants

The majority of the 23.571 respondents state that through their participation in an Erasmus+ Youth in Action project they strengthened their youth work skills considerably:

I have learned better how to work in an international team.

48%
92%

I now understand the concept of non-formal education and learning better.

49%
90%

I have learned something which I intend to use in my youth work.

49%
90%

I have learned more about how to foster non-formal learning in youth work.

51%
89%

I now understand formal, non-formal and informal learning better.

48%
88%

I have learned how to choose or develop adequate youth work methods.

54%
88%

I have improved my skills to design a project based on interests and needs.

55%
86%

I have learned more about how to actively involve young people in youth work.

49%
85%

I have learned how to better develop & implement an international project.

50%
85%

I am now better able to deal with ambiguity and tensions in youth work.

52%
84%

N = 23.571 project participants. Surveys conducted from October 2017 to April 2018.

Effects on youth work competences of project leaders

The majority of the 5.007 respondents state that through their coordination of an Erasmus+ Youth in Action project they strengthened their youth work skills considerably:

I have learned better how to work in an international team.

41%
95%

I now understand the concept of non-formal education and learning better.

49%
91%

I have learned something which I intend to use in my youth work.

43%
93%

I have learned more about how to foster non-formal learning in youth work.

46%
91%

I now understand formal, non-formal and informal learning better.

48%
90%

I have learned how to choose or develop adequate youth work methods.

48%
93%

I have improved my skills to design a project based on interests and needs.

51%
93%

I have learned more about how to actively involve young people in youth work.

44%
93%

I have learned how to better develop & implement an international project.

41%
92%

I am now better able to deal with ambiguity and tensions in youth work.

49%
92%

N = 5.007 project leaders. Surveys conducted from October 2017 to April 2018.

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