Exploring research methodologies in the European Youth Programmes
RAY is organising a ‘Youth Research Methodology Seminar’ from 22-24 May in Hamburg, Germany.
The Youth Research Methodology Seminar is co-hosted by the National Agencies of the European youth programmes from Finland (host) and Germany (co-host). The activity is organised within the framework of the RAY Network (Research based analysis of the European youth programmes). The RAY Network Coordination (situated at the Finnish National Agency) and the RAY Transnational Research Team (situated at Youth Policy Labs in Berlin) will lead and coordinate the preparation process and the implementation of the seminar.
All those interested in the methodologies of transnational, intercultural and interdisciplinary youth research in the context of the European youth programmes are invited to attend and contribute to the seminar, including but not limited to:
- Research partners of the RAY Network at national and transnational level
- Research partners of strategic partnerships in Key Actions 2 and 3
- Research partners of long-term projects (LTEs/SNACs) of National Agencies of the European youth programmes
- Youth research stakeholders interested in co-shaping youth research methodology
The call for applications has closed on 23 March.
Aims & objectives of the seminar
The main aim of the seminar is to explore and discuss research methodologies of transnational, intercultural and interdisciplinary youth research in the context of the European youth programmes.
The following objectives have been set for the seminar, which seeks to:
- Explore common challenges around qualitative, quantitative and mixed-method research in the European youth programmes
- Share experiences and practices across research projects within the framework of the European youth programmes
- Discuss future challenges of qualitative, quantitative and mixed-method research in the European youth programmes
In the context of the European youth programmes (Erasmus+ Youth and European Solidarity Corps), the amount and diversity of youth research has increased alongside the growth of both European youth programmes. Since 2008, the RAY Network – an open, growing, self-governed European research network of National Agencies of the European youth programmes and their research partners – has conducted not only an ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the European youth programmes, but also implemented thematic research projects on topics such as young people’s active citizenship or youth workers’ professional development. In complementarity, National Agencies have conducted research in national contexts, both within and beyond RAY, and encouraged beneficiaries of the European youth programmes to draw on, and undertake, research more consistently. As a result, more and more projects have begun to integrate research as a component in their projects.
Until now, there has been no opportunity for those conducting these different research projects and strands, to discuss and reflect on the methodology of youth research in the context of the European youth programmes. With this seminar, the RAY Network would like to take a first step to provide a space for youth research practitioners and stakeholders to explore conceptual and methodological questions and challenges.