Newest research findings from the RAY Monitoring of Erasmus+ Youth in Action (2019/2020)
Effects and outcomes of the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme (RAY MON)
We proudly present the newest research findings of the RAY Monitoring (RAY MON) surveys exploring effects and outcomes of the Erasmus + Youth in Action Programme. The freshly published research report (link below) summarises the transnational analysis of the results from multilingual online surveys (in 29 languages). They were conducted between October 2019 and June 2020 with project participants and project teams involved in Erasmus+ Youth in Action projects. The study was implemented in cooperation with all our 33 RAY partner countries (further info can be found HERE).
Some key findings & conclusions
- The development of key competences and skills is very high for project participants and project leaders alike – overall, 97% of responding project participants report that their participation in the project has contributed to their personal development!
- Projects, with some variation across age and activity type, motivate project participants and project leaders to learn more and develop further, both personally and professionally.
Participation & active citizenship
- 96% of responding project participants improved their ability to get along with people who have a different cultural background.
- 90% of participants improved their ability to achieve something in the interest of the community.
- Youth workers and youth leaders learned how to foster better participation of young people in the preparation and implementation of (youth) projects (between 82% and 94%)
Learning organisations & communities
- The effects of projects on organisations (and communities) – are assessed to be positive by project participants and project leaders alike.
- The most highly rated effects on organisations are increased appreciation of cultural diversity, more contacts/partnerships with other countries and more networking at European level.
- 80 % of project leaders stated that the project was positively perceived in their local communities as well as the intercultural dimension was appreciated.
Inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities
- Generally said, the programme’s inclusion approach works – 70% of responding project leaders stated that young people with fewer opportunities or with special needs participated in their projects & 65% of responding project participants report that they are faced with at least one obstacle in society (some aspects need to be researched further).
- 88% of project leaders agree that their project contributed to supporting the inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities or special needs in the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme.
- Also, organisations became more open with regard to the the inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities.
Implementation of the programme
- Overall, project leaders are largely satisfied with the application procedure and administrative project management of projects under E+/YiA.
- Some aspects are seen more critically (the complexity of application and reporting procedures, alongside the lack of ease of use of online tools).
- Youthpass is widely used in E+/YiA projects – 92% of project leaders report this, and 90% ‘agree’ and ‘strongly agree’ that Youthpass was integrated throughout the project and its methods.
-> Want to dive deeper into details and find out also more about the profiles and backgrounds of survey respondents?
You can find the related reports via the following links (as well as in the section ‘reports‘):
A big shout out and thank you to the great transnational research team at Genesis Institute and Youth Policy Labs!
What is RAY Monitoring of Erasmus+ Youth in Action (RAY MON)?
The aim of this project is to contribute to quality assurance and quality development in the implementation of Erasmus+ Youth in Action, to evidence-based and research-informed youth policy development and to a better understanding of learning mobility in the youth field.
Further details about the research project, its aim, research questions and design can be found HERE.