Mittelfristig (1 bis 5 Jahre)
Mikro (Individuum)

profound and stable democratic values of project leaders

politische Kompetenzen und Partizipation

In the first wave of surveys before project participation, respondents score rather high in the ‘democracy values’ index29, which includes among others, the importance of voting, freedom of assembly, gender equality, equal rights, solidarity etc. [...] The appreciation of ‘democracy values’ is already high before the project participation, a further increase seems to be less likely than in cases where the values would have been at a lower level before the project. Within this context, values are deeply rooted and profound and therefore, rather stable. [...] Yet the levels of ‘democracy values’, as measured by the index in this study, do not differ between the participant and project leader samples across any of the survey waves. In other words, the participants are just as developed in terms of the ‘democracy values’ as the project leaders who take up the role as their educators.

Beschreibung der Aktivität

RAY: Research-based analysis and monitoring of the YiA (Youth in Action) Programme
‘Erasmus+ Youth in Action’ (E+/YiA) is part of the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union supporting international projects in the youth field. The ‘Research-based Analysis of Erasmus+ Youth in Action’ (RAY) is a research programme conducted by the RAY Network, which includes the National Agencies of Erasmus+ Youth in Action and their research partners in currently 33 countries*. This RAY study on Long-term Effects of Erasmus+ Youth in Action on Participation and Citizenship (RAY LTE) presents a final transnational analysis of the results from surveys and interviews between 2015 and 2018 with project participants and project leaders/team members involved in E+/YiA projects.
PraktikerInnen/ JugendarbeiterInnen/ MentorInnen
freiwillig engagierte Jugendliche

Evaluierung der Aktivität

The research questions are addressed through a mixed-method approach using quantitative and qualitative social research methods. Standardised multilingual online surveys were conducted with project participants and project leaders/team members19 as well as with a control group20 at four stages: before the core activity/the intensive phase of the project21, two to three months after the end of the activity, one year after the end of the activity and again two to three years after the end of the activity. At each of the four stages (‘survey waves’ or ‘measurements’), the participants and project leaders were asked the same questions, including the same answer items in order to assess their participation/citizenship competences and practices in each survey wave and, thus, the change between the surveys. In addition, questions related to their profile and previous activities outside the project context were also addressed. In parallel, complementary qualitative interviews were conducted at three different stages: before the core activity/the intensive phase of the project, one year after its end and again two to three years after its end. In addition, a conference was held in Strasbourg in May 2018, that brought together project participants, who had been interviewed as part of this study, project leaders/team members of projects explored through this study as well as researchers and representatives of E+/YiA National Agencies involved in this study. In total around 90 persons attended the conference, in which interim findings of the study were presented and discussed.
Democratic values index
Importance of voting. Equality of genders. Importance of freedom of assembly. Importance of voluntary activities. Giving immigrants the possibility to practice their habits. Giving immigrants basic rights. Restriction of immigration. Home country enriched by immigration.
Participants: 1.231 respondents (1st survey), 711 (2nd survey), 381 (3rd survey), 217 (4th survey) Control group: 136 respondents (1st survey), 66 (2nd survey), 38 (3rd survey), 29 (4th survey) Project leaders: 60 respondents (1st survey), 176 (2nd survey), 111 (3rd survey), 73 (4th survey) Participants interviewed 3 times: 82 (145 interviewed once and 112 interviewed twice)