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About us

The RAY Network –  Research-based Analysis and Monitoring of European Youth Programmes – is an open and self-governed European research network. Currently, 36 National Agencies of the Erasmus+ Youth in Action & European Solidarity Corps programmes and their research partners are involved.

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Taking a look back

  • The idea of having joint transnational research activities related to the Erasmus+ Youth in Action programme was considered by a handful of National Agencies and researchers in 2008. It grew out and was initiated by the Austrian National Erasmus+ Youth in Action (in particular the association where it is situated, then called ‘Interkulturelles Zentrum’) and its consortium partner, the ‘Institute of Educational Science’ of the University of Innsbruck. These two partners started a cooperation for a scientific accompanying research on national level at the start of the programme in 2007.
  • The RAY Network (then called ‘Research-based Analysis of Erasmus+ Youth in Action’) was founded in 2008, starting with one research project, the Monitoring Surveys of Erasmus+ Youth in Action, in 2009.
  • Since then, the network has grown and currently involves 36 RAY partners in 34 countries.
  • In 2019 it has officially changed its name to ‘Research-based Analysis of European Youth Programmes’, involving now also research related to the European Solidarity Corps.

Our main objectives

  • To contribute to quality assurance and quality development in the implementation of the European Youth Programmes.
  • To contribute to evidence-based and research-informed youth policy development in the youth field in Europe.
  • To contribute to the recognition of non-formal education and learning in the youth field, in particular to a better understanding in the context of international youth work and learning mobility.
  • To promote dialogue between research, policy and practice in the youth field.

Inside the network

The RAY Network is coordinated by the RAY Coordination Office (since 2008 at the Austrian National Agency) & the RAY Research Coordination (formerly at the University of Innsbruck, since 2019 at Genesis (Generation and Educational Science Institute)).

Two co-chairpersons are appointed by the network, representing either the National Agencies or the research partners. Together with the RAY Coordination they form the RAY Coordination Group, which acts as a advisory committee of the network.

Map of RAY Network partners

Find out more about the 36 RAY partners, respective representatives and contact persons as well as national publications and further links by selecting a country below.

The RAY Network is open for new partners to join. Interested National Agencies for the European Youth Programmes and their research partners feel free to contact the network any time!

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Please click on a country to find out more!

Austria

RAY partner / National Agency

IZ – Verein zur Förderung von Vielfalt, Dialog und Bildung

RAY partner / research institute

Genesis

University of Innsbruck (formerly)


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Belgium

Belgium (Flemish Community)

RAY partner / National Agency

JINT

RAY partner / research institute

Howest


Belgium (German-speaking Community)

RAY partner / National Agency

Jugendbüro der Deutschsprachigen Gemeinschaft V.o.G

RAY partner / research (institute)

not applicable


Belgium (French Community)

RAY partner / National Agency

BIJ – Bureau International Jeunesse (BIJ)

RAY partner / research institute

Department of Sociology, University of Louvain

Centre for Democracy, Institution and Subjectivity, at the University of Louvain


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Croatia

RAY partner / National Agency

Agency for Mobility and EU Programmes / Agencija za mobilnost i programe Europske unije

RAY partner / research (institute)

Independent researchers


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Cyprus

RAY partner / National Agency

Youth Board of Cyprus

RAY partner / research institute

NA internal


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Czechia

RAY partner / National Agency

Dům zahraniční spolupráce (DZS)

RAY partner / research (institute)

Freelance youth researcher


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Estonia

RAY partner / National Agency

Estonian National Agency for Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps programmes

RAY partner / research (institute)

NA internal
Tallinn University School of Governance, Law and Society (formerly)
Institute for Baltic Studies (formerly)

Denmark

RAY partner / National Agency

Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education

RAY partner / research (institute)

Independent researcher


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Finland

RAY partner / National Agency

Finnish National Agency for Education – EDUFI

RAY partner / research (institute)

Researchers


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France

RAY partner / National Agency

Agence française Erasmus + Jeunesse et sport / French Erasmus + Youth and Sport National Agency

RAY partner / research institute

Institut national pour la jeunesse et l’éducation populaire


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Germany

RAY partner / National Agency

JUGEND für Europa

RAY partner / research institute

IKAB e.V., Institut für angewandte Kommunikationsforschung
in der Außerschulischen Bildung

Forschungsgruppe Jugend und Europa
Centum für angewandte Politikforschung


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Greece

RAY partner / National Agency

Youth and Lifelong Learning Foundation

RAY partner / research institute

not applicable


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Hungary

RAY partner / National Agency

Tempus Közalapítvány / Tempus Public Foundation

RAY partner / research institute

Independent researcher (Rubeus Association)


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Iceland

RAY partner / National Agency

The Icelandic Centre for Research (Rannís)

RAY partner / research (institute)

Freelance researcher


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Ireland

RAY partner / National Agency

Léargas the Exchange Bureau

RAY partner / research institute

NA internal


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Italy

RAY partner / National Agency

Agenzia Nazionale Per i Giovani

RAY partner / research institute

NA internal & Departement of Political and Social Studies, University of Salerno


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Latvia

RAY partner / National Agency

Agency for International Programs for Youth

RAY partner / research institute

Laboratory of Analytical and Strategic Studies Ltd.


Liechtenstein

RAY partner / National Agency

aha-Tipps & Infos für junge Leute

RAY partner / research institute

not applicable


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Lithuania

RAY partner / National Agency

Agency of International Youth Cooperation, National Agency for Erasmus+ Youth in Action & European Solidarity Corps

RAY partner / research institute

not applicable


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Luxembourg

RAY partner / National Agency

Anefore

RAY partner / research institute

University of Luxembourg – Youth research


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Malta

RAY partner / National Agency

European Union Programmes Agency – EUPA

RAY partner / research institute

Faculty of Education, University of Malta


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Netherlands

RAY partner / National Agency

National Agency Erasmus+ Youth, the Netherlands

RAY partner / research (institute)

NA internal


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North Macedonia

RAY partner / National Agency

National Agency for European Educational Programmes and Mobility

RAY partner / research (institute)

External experts


Norway

RAY partner / National Agency

Norway National Agency for Erasmus+: Youth in Action: Activ Ungdom

RAY partner / research (institute)

NA internal


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Poland

RAY partner / National Agency

Fundacja Rozwoju Systemu Edukacji (Foundation for the Development of the Education System)

RAY partner / research institute

Internal research department of National Agency


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Portugal

RAY partner / National Agency

Agência Nacional para a Gestão do Programa Juventude em Ação

RAY partner / research institute

Universidade do Minho / Minho University


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Romania

RAY partner / National Agency

Agentia Nationala pentru Programe Comunitare in Domeniul Educatiei si Formarii Profesional

RAY partner / research (institute)

NA internal & external researchers


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Serbia

RAY partner / National Agency

Fondacija Tempus  / Foundation Tempus

RAY partner / research institute

not applicable


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Slovakia

RAY partner / National Agency

IUVENTA – Slovak Youth Institute

RAY partner / research institute

not applicable


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Slovenia

RAY partner / National Agency

MOVIT – Institute for the development of youth mobility

RAY partner / research institute

University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences


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Spain

RAY partner / National Agency

INJUVE

RAY partner / research institute

not applicable


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Sweden

RAY partner / National Agency

Swedish Agency for Youth and Civil Society

RAY partner / research (institute)

Independent researcher


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Switzerland

RAY partner / National Agency

Movetia – National Agency for Exchange and Mobility (Swiss Programme for Erasmus+)

RAY partner / research (institut)

Independent researchers


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Turkey

RAY partner / National Agency

Turkish National Agency, The Centre for European Union Education and Youth Programmes

RAY partner / research institute

Middle East Technical University, Department of Political Science and Public Administration; Department of International Relations


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United Kingdom

RAY partner / National Agency

Ecorys UK

RAY partner / research (institute)

NA internal


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