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Summary and Context

The RAY Network is an open, growing and self-governed European research network of National Agencies of the Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme 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.

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Research Programme

At the beginning of 2014, the RAY Network launched a process in order to develop its mission, research approaches, activities and structure for Erasmus+: Youth in Action (2014 to 2020). This process resulted in a commonly agreed programme of RAY research activities between 2014 and 2020, involving presently 31 RAY Network partners (National Agencies for the Erasmus+: Youth Programme and their researchers) in 29 countries.

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Leading Questions

What are the effects of the European Union Programme Erasmus+: Youth in Action on young people, youth workers and youth leaders involved in the projects funded by this programme?
What and how do they learn through their participation in these projects?
Which competences do they develop and how?

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Why RAY - Research Rationale

Research-based analysis and monitoring of Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme is ultimately aiming at producing reliable and valid documentation and understanding of processes and outcomes of the programme and of the activities supported through the programme.