RAY research activities draw on an interdisciplinary approach, rooted in particular in educational science, political science, and sociology. Informed by recent and relevant discourses in these disciplines, RAY research activities apply diverse social and educational research methods – usually in a mixed-method combination of quantitative and qualitative research instruments. Among our core methods are multilingual online surveys of project participants, project leaders, and key staff of beneficiary organisations; case studies of projects, organisations, and networks; and interviews and focus groups with different actors and stakeholders involved in the European youth programmes.
The RAY Network is keen on facilitating and joining informed discourses between research, policy and practice, and is committed to disseminate its research findings and outcomes in an adequate and effective way to interested audiences.
Our research projects
We currently run six research projects, which we refer to by their abbreviations: RAY COR, RAY INNO, RAY LEARN, RAY MON, RAY PART & RAY SOC. Two long-term studies have been finished recently, namely RAY CAP & RAY LTE. All of these eight research projects are being introduced below: