increased political commitment to combat exclusion and discrimination
Awareness is one thing, but do international projects also change people’s intentions to take action? RAY data says yes. More than a third of participants say that their participation in the youth project made them participate more in societal & political life, combat discrimination & intolerance and support disadvantaged people (approximately half do not change their intentions, and less than 10% reduce their commitment). The projects raised the interest in European issues of half of the respondents. Participants in international inclusion projects indicate significantly more that their commitment grew, thanks to the project, to ‘work against discrimination, intolerance, xenophobia, racism’ (11,4% more) and ‘support disadvantaged people’ (12,4% more), compared to non-inclusion projects. Inclusion projects are thus an effective tool to create actors for change, more so than a non-inclusion project.
Beschreibung der Aktivität
RAY: Research-based analysis and monitoring of the YiA (Youth in Action) Programme
YiA projects are characterised by a broad variety of learning situations, methods and activities applied in each project; Available methods participants and project leaders could choose from are: outdoor and sports activities, experimental learning methods such as role plays, simulations, fields exercises, artistic methods and using digital or online media as means of non-formal education as well as international mobility projects.
1606 project participants; 3994 participants in non-inclusion projects
teilnehmende Kinder und Jugendliche
Evaluierung der Aktivität
This article is based on an inclusion analysis of the data provided by the RAY Network (Research-based Analysis of Youth in Action) with partners in 20 European countries (status 2014). The respective research instruments were developed by the University of Innsbruck, Austria, in cooperation with the RAY partners. The data of the RAY research project indicates that the Youth in Action programme (now Erasmus+ Youth) is a good tool to reach its ‘equity and inclusion’ aims. The effects of ‘thematic inclusion projects’ on participants were contrasted with the effects generated by ‘non-inclusion projects’.
After the project … (to a greater extent) … disadvantaged people have my support; … I am committed to work against discrimination; … I participate in societal/political life (NS); … I am interested in European issues (NS).