Youth Research Dialogues
Let the RAY Monitoring editions begin!
Our next episodes within our Youth Research Dialogue series will be dedicated to the RAY 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
We are kicking this series off with our next Youth Research Dialogue on 31 October by taking a general look at the survey design and development as well as sharing first findings from a transnational point of view along a different range of topics and aspects. Furthermore, we will discuss ideas and take away points of this first analysis which can be relevant for different stakeholders in policy and practice.
For this first introduction into our RAY surveys and findings, we invited two colleagues from the RAY transnational research team – Andrea Horta and Friedemann Schwenzer.
The following Youth Research Dialogues will be dedicated to a specific aspect or topic. We will announce further details in due time.
RAY Monitoring Surveys – First Exciting Insights
31 October, 15:00 – 15:45 CET
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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What are the Youth Research Dialogues?
The overall aim of the ‘Youth Research Dialogues’ series is to not only to make RAY research findings more accessible but also other European youth research studies and create a dialogue between researchers about their findings. The ‘Youth Research Dialogues’ series promotes different topics, e.g. inclusion and diversity, pandemic and youth work, digitalisation etc. In addition to researchers from the RAY Network, the ‘Youth Research Dialogues’ series features research colleagues from different global and European contexts and networks.
What is the RAY research project on the research-based analysis and monitoring of Erasmus+ Youth (RAY MON)?
This research project aims to contribute to quality assurance and quality development in the implementation of Erasmus+ Youth (2021–2027), to evidence-based and research-informed youth policy development and youth work practice, and to a better understanding of learning mobility in the youth field. More information HERE.
What is the RAY research project on the research-based analysis and monitoring of the European Solidarity Corps (RAY SOC)?
This research project aims to contribute to quality assurance and quality development in the implementation of the European Solidarity Corps (2021–2027), to evidence-based and research- informed youth policy development and youth work practice, and to a better understanding of volunteering, learning and youth activism in the context of solidarity actions of young people. More information HERE.