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RAY – Research based Analysis of Erasmus+ Youth in Action

The European research network “RAY – Research-based Analysis of Erasmus+ Youth in Action” was founded in 2008 on the initiative of the Institute for Educational Sciences of the University of Innsbruck (since 2019: Genesis Institute). The goal of the research network is to examine the impact of the EU Youth Programmes and to contribute to quality assurance as well as quality development of the programmes.

Furthermore, RAY contributes to evidence-based youth work and a better understanding of international youth work as well as processes and effects of non-formal learning. 35 network partners (National Agencies and research partners) from 33 countries are involved.

Research projects

RAY-Monitoring of Erasmus+ Youth in Action
(since 2009)

In regular intervals, RAY-Monitoring is carried out. This standard survey is an online survey for all funding recipients and participants of the EU programme „Erasmus+ Youth in Action“ from all RAY countries. The focus is on the impact of the programme on the participating youths, youth workers and the project environment. What and how do they learn from participating in the programme? Which competences do they develop and how?

RAY-Monitoring of the European Solidarity Corps
(since 2009, currently preliminary studies are being conducted)

RAY-Monitoring of the European Solidarity Corps, inspired by RAY-Monitoring of Erasmus+, starts its inquiries in 2019. It aims to investigate a broad spectrum of aspects of the European Solidarity Corps and to share the research results with diverse actors and stakeholders. In addition, the research should contribute to the further development of realised projects and the programme itself.

Competence Development and Capacity Building in Ersmus+ Youth in Action
(since 2015)

In the course of this project, the impact of the EU Youth Programme on the skills development of youth workers is being investigated.

Long-term Effects of Erasmus+ Youth in Action on Participation and Active Citizenship
(since 2015)

This study evaluates long-term effects of the participation at Erasmus+ Youth in Action on participants and project managers, with particular regard to active citizenship and participation in society and democratic life.

Impact, Role and Potential of the Strategic Partnerships and Cooperation in Erasmus+ Youth in Action (Key Action 2)
(since 2019)

This research project deals with the influence, the role and the potential of strategic partnerships and cooperations, put into practice within Ersmus+ Youth in Action under Key Action 2. These projects function as tools to advance innovation, as well as the exchange ofbest practices in the youth sector and similar sectors.

Strategies and Practices for Organisational Developmenr and Learning of Organisations and Networks in the European Youth Sector
(since 2019)

This study deals with possible strategies and practices, contributing to organisational development and capacity building of organisations and networks in the European youth sector.

Approaches to Participation and Citizenship Education and Learning in Erasmus+ Youth in Action
(starting soon)

Based on research results of the RAY study “Long term effects of Erasmus+ Youth in Action on participation and citizenship” and “RAY Monitoring Erasmus+ Youth in Action”, this project examines different educational methods and learning experiences concerning citizenship and participation in a European context. Furthermore, it is highlighted how competences necessary to implement these methods can be developed.

Research reports

Current information as well as research reports can be found on the RAY website.

RAY is...

a European research network


National Agencies and research institutions from 33 countries


© Bernadette Reiter 2019

Carmen Teubl

National Agency for Erasmus+ Youth in Action and European Solidarity Corps