RAY research activities aim to apply an interdisciplinary approach, in particular referring to sociology, political science and educational science. In this respect, RAY research activities can apply diverse social and educational research methods – quantitative, qualitative as well as a mix of different methods and instruments: multilingual surveys with project participants, project leaders and key staff of beneficiary organisations; case studies of selected projects; interviews and focus groups with different actors involved in Erasmus+: Youth in Action etc.
For a wider public and academic discourse of the research results, RAY aims at an exchange with policy makers and other researchers. The RAY Network is committed to disseminate the research outcomes and results in an adequate and effective way to (potentially) interested audiences.
Three Research Projects
The RAY research programme includes the following research projects:
- Research-based analysis and monitoring of Erasmus+: Youth in Action aimed at contributing to monitoring and developing Erasmus+: Youth in Action and the quality of projects supported by it. This activity is a joint activity of all RAY Network partners;
- a research project on the long-term effects of Erasmus+: Youth in Action on participation and citizenship of the actors involved, in particular on the development of participation and citizenship competences and practices. 12 network members are involved in this project;
- 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; this project will also explore the effects of Erasmus+: Youth in Action on the organisations involved. This projects involves 17 National Agencies of the Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme and their researchers.