increased job opportunities
The results of the surveys indicate that the involvement in YiA projects stimulates both participants and project leaders to consider or actually plan further educational activities and their professional development. Furthermore, a large majority of both participants and project leaders believe that their job opportunities have increased at least to some extent. This, together with the competence development, reflects an effect on the professional development of the actors involved in the YiA programme beyond the youth field and civil society, especially in view of their involvement in the work domain. Youth workers and youth leaders also report that their youth work competences were developed, in particular with respect to non-formal education and international youth projects.
Beschreibung der Aktivität
RAY: Research-based analysis and monitoring of the YiA (Youth in Action) Programme
Youth in Action (YiA) fosters participation, active citizenship and competence development of young people, youth workers and youth leaders through non-formal education and learning; RAY aims to contribute to quality assurance and development in the implementation of the YiA Programme as well as to evidence-based and research-informed youth policy development. RAY seeks to generate new knowledge about the processes and outcomes of non-formal education and learning mobility in general and more specifically about non-formal youth education activities with an international dimension.
teilnehmende Kinder und Jugendliche
Evaluierung der Aktivität
Quantitative Fragebogenerhebungen (online/telefonisch), Qualitative Interviewbefragungen (persönlich), Fokusgruppen
In principle, research-based analysis and monitoring of YiA uses a combination of quantitative and qualitative social research methods. Based on concepts and research instruments developed by the Institute of Educational Science at the University of Innsbruck in Austria (the research partner of the Austrian National Agency of YiA), two multilingual online questionnaires aimed at exploring the effects of YiA projects were created – one for participants and another for project leaders/team members. So-called ‘Standard Surveys’ using these questionnaires (now available in 16 languages) have been conducted on a regular basis since 2009 and will be continued until 2014 in order to collect data for most of the duration of the YiA Programme. In a second step, multilingual questionnaires for a ‘Special Survey’ on learning in YiA were developed in 2012 for the purpose of exploring the educational approaches, design, methodology and methods applied in YiA projects. Between October 2009 and May 2013, more than 100,000 participants and project leaders/team members of YiA projects were invited to take part in the RAY online surveys and more than 30,000 completed the respective questionnaires. Complementary to the surveys, a study using qualitative methods – interviews and group discussions – was conducted in 10 countries in order to explore deeper the learning processes and outcomes of YiA projects as well as to further develop the research approach and instruments applied in RAY. Further qualitative studies on a variety of aspects related to YiA were conducted by individual RAY Network members at the national level.
effects of the project with respect to educational and professional development from the perspective of participants
I believe that my job chances have increased; I now really intend to go abroad to study, work, do a work placement [an internship] or live there; I now really intend to develop my foreign language skills; I am planning to engage in further education and training; I have a clearer idea about my professional career aspirations and goals; I have a clearer idea about my further educational pathway.
not at all; not so much; to some extent; definitely
30000 participants in the surveys