social benefits for the community
Most research that attempted to assess the economic impact of youth work focused on comparing the costs and benefits of youth work in one specific area such as crime prevention, public health, education or welfare. The benefits of those interventions that were rigorously evaluated systematically outweighed the costs of programmes. Extrapolating from existing research, a study in Ireland made an overall assessment of the cost-benefits ration of youth work. The study found not only that the benefits outweigh the costs but also that the ratio of benefits versus costs was 2.22:1. For each euro of costs the value of benefits is 2.2 euro.
Beschreibung der Aktivität
<BODY>The term "youth work" describes a wide range of activities, themes and actions offered by different actors in different fields and in different forms. However, youth work differs significantly from other policy areas through its three main characteristics, which are its nature: focus on young people, personal development and voluntary participation. In total there are eight fields of action: youth in the world, participation, health and well-being, employment and training, volunteering, social inclusion, creativity and culture.</BODY>
Gemeinschaft/ Gemeinden/ Kommunen
Evaluierung der Aktivität
This report was developed between August 2012 and October 2013. During this period, the research team: • carried out a review of what is already known and what gaps exist in knowledge on the topic of youth work in the EU; • created a typology of different youth work activities across the EU; • mapped the national context of youth work in each Member State through an examination of definitions, legal frameworks, the situation of youth workers, the role and value of youth work and the impact (this was completed in January 2013 and thus reflects the situation as of then); • held a seminar with stakeholders to share knowledge and expertise and discuss the preliminary results of the study; • carried out case studies with youth work initiatives and activities exploring the stories behind their success.
ratio of benefits versus costs
2.21 : 1 €
between August 2012 and October 2013