Research-based Analysis and Monitoring of European Youth Programmes (RAY)
1.10.2015 - 31.12.2020
prof.dr. Tomaž Deželan
The RAY Network is an open, growing and self-governed European research network of National Agencies of the Erasmus+: Youth in Action & European Solidarity Corps and their research partners. The main aim of RAY is to contribute to a better understanding of international youth work and youth learning mobility and thus to an evidence-based policy development in the youth field in Europe as well as to the development of international youth work and learning mobility practice.
The focus of research within RAY is on research-based analysis and monitoring of Erasmus+: Youth in Action & European Solidarity Corps, including all its key actions. Respective research activities are planned to be conducted continuously for the full duration of the European youth programmes (2014 to 2020).
The RAY Network aims at conducting high quality research, building on the RAY Network partners’ high degree of competence and expertise in the field of (international) youth work and youth learning mobility. RAY Network partners adhere to common standards of social and educational research, complying with internationally accepted ethical standards.
In this respect, RAY aims to promote the dialogue between research, policy and practice. A special feature of the RAY network is its European dimension as well as the transnational, multilingual, intercultural and interdisciplinary research approach.
The RAY research programme includes seven research projects. These research activities are prepared by working groups and in consultation with the European Commission and related structures. Three long-term researches were planned for Slovenia during this period:
1. Research-based analysis and monitoring of Erasmus+: Youth in Action;
2. A research project on the long-term effects of Erasmus+: Youth in Action on participation and citizenship of the actors involved;
3. A research project on competence development and capacity building of youth workers and youth leaders involved in training/support activities in Erasmus+: Youth in Action.
The analyses provide reliable evidence for a better understanding of processes and outcomes in youth work and non-formal education.
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