30 October – 11 December 2017
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Open online course 'Essentials of youth policy’

The open online course equipped learners with the basic competences to engage in youth policy. Participants  learned about the essential elements of youth policy, the steps of youth policy (development, delivery, evaluation), its impact in the lives of young people, and they reflected on their future steps in youth policy.

By the end of the course, participants:

  • understood the “essentials” of youth policy (concepts and definitions, scope, objectives, actors, history, European and national levels)
  • became aware of the relevance of the key elements for youth policy (cross-sectoral, evidence -based, participation, inclusion, youth work)
  • understood how to build a framework for youth policy (identifying key issues, priority areas and themes)
  • understood the major steps for youth policy development, implementation and delivery, and evaluation
  • reflected on the future of youth policy and their own future engagement in youth policy
  • and were ready to take steps for further involvement in youth policy.

The course made use extensively of the knowledge and materials developed by the partnership between the Council of Europe and the European Commission in the field of youth and from examples at the global, regional and national level. It offered an overview of the main elements, standards, issues and challenges of youth policy today. The course also provided chances for participants to learn from their own practice. 

The course was open and free for anyone interested.

The course started on 30 October 2017, had a duration of 6 weeks and was structured in 6 Modules.

Module 1: Introduction

  • It included basic user orientation on the Canvas platform
  • Introduced participants to the structure, objectives, methodology of the course
  • Included a short self-assessment questionnaire that users fill in to assess their prior knowledge on youth policy

Module 2: Youth policy essentials

  • It included information about the main concepts and definitions of youth policy, actors and roles, history, objectives of youth policy
  • It included information about the link between the transnational and the national level of youth policy

Module 3: Key elements of youth policy

  • It included information about the main elements needed for youth policy to develop
  • It included 4 sections with theory and examples on : cross-sectoral co-operation in the field of youth policy, evidence base for youth policy, social inclusion of young people, youth participation and youth policy

Module 4: How to build a youth policy framework

  • It included information about practical mechanisms to develop a youth policy strategy

Module 5: Implementation of youth policy

  • It included information about the delivery of youth policy, as well as monitoring and evaluation of youth policy

Module 6: Future of youth policy and course closing

  • It included information on recent developments, opportunities and future trends in youth policy in Europe
  • It included the evaluation of the course by participants.

The course report will be available early in 2018.