This paper documents briefly the first interactive and participative activities of all involved research partners with regard to their participatory research (WP 5) - in accordance with a common structure. The leading research question is: To what extent and in what way do social policies and practices take the perspectives of (disavdvantaged) young people seriously?
This report gives insight into eleven exceptional regional cases studies using dialogue-centred, process- and participation-oriented approaches. The intention is to enhance new forms of knowledge generation involving researchers, practitioners and policy makers and those young people who are subject(s) to and involved in social programmes and initiatives. The aim of this report is to approach and take seriously youth perspectives in order to broaden and reconfigure the informational basis of judgements of justice (Sen 1990) when considering policies and programmes targeted at young people.
This paper documents briefly the final steps of the Participatory Research of the research partners and brings back the results of the eleven investigations to the participants that were involved in the research processes. In some cases a reflection among the participants of the research process and in other cases the preparation of outcomes to be disseminated or presented has been carried out.
This report gives insight into six quantitative studies (deliverable 5.4) highlighting from different levels of analysis and from a plurality of viewpoints, the determinants of youth capabilities in five countries that each represents a different European Social Model. The case studies offer empirical evidence “from the bottom up” from key actors (e.g. agents responsible for the development and implementation of policy, and young people).Quantitative Case Studies
Policy-relevant findings and implications from eleven countries on the topic "Social exclusion and participation of disadvantaged young people"
Eleven European Research Teams present shortly their main policy-relevant findings concerning social exclusion and participation of disadvantaged youngsters, discuss the innovative knowledge obtained through the participatory research with disadvantaged youngsters, the operational entanglement and cooperation between those affected by social policy programs and those implementing social policy programs and ask in what ways the programms could incorporate the voice of young people.
WHAT REFORMS ARE NEEDED IN EUROPEAN YOUTH POLICIES? TOWARDS A POLITICS OF CAPABILITY DEVELOPMENT
This report synthesizes findings from both experimental quantitative research and from eleven regional case studies that applied participatory qualitative research. It summarizes the central findings both from the qualitative and from the quantitative research with regard to inequality, disadvantage and participation from a CA-perspective, enriched by convincing empirical examples and proofs. Additionally it includes clear and sharp policy recommendations.
IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF DISADVANTAGED YOUNG PEOPLE IN EUROPE - TOWARDS A CAPABILITY-FRIENDLY YOUTH POLICY
This policy brief focuses on the findings of a Capability Approach analysis of the implementation of youth policies and young people’s participation in 11 European countries. Specifically this policy brief considers: (1) existing youth policies concerning disadvantage and participation of vulnerable young people at the local level; (2) the relevance of applying innovative knowledge through participatory research in order to reveal the aspirations and barriers that young people face; (3) the role of actors responsible for the development and delivery of policy; and (4) the added value of shifting the current informational basis to develop, implement and evaluate policies (based on skills and employment), to an innovative approach that includes the voices and aspirations of young people.