The impact of learning mobility on the participants of the projects is well known, broadly researched and published. However, while the impact on communities is known by practitioners or experts in the youth field, and often referred to as “added impact”, it is rarely neither at the centre of studies nor measured. Recent developments in European youth policies and programmes show that more emphasis is put on understanding the impact not only on the individual level, but also on the local community or wider society.

EPLM’s recent work related to community impact includes the following:

  • The Desk research on the value of learning mobility and its impact on communities, written by Justina Garbauskaite-Jakimovska.
  • The conference Power of Learning Mobility in Ostend in 2019 that was focused on the broader impact of the Learning Mobility projects, including summary of the desk mapping to prepare for that, and the resulting report based on both. 
  • A Vision paper as outcome of the conference, which has evolved into a more robust document framing most of EPLM work “Quality Learning Mobility for Positive Community and Societal Impact”
  • Desk research on indicators of social impact written by Alexandra Severino, Dragan Stanojevic, Gokay Ozerim, Manfred Zentner, Marti Taru, Nuala Connolly, Sladjana Petkovic
  • Desk research on social impact tools and resources written by Alena Ignatovitch, Alexandra Severino, Dragan Stanojevic, Manfred Zentner, Marina Galstyan
  • Community Impact Indicators for Learning Mobility. Desk research, by Justina Garbauskaitė-Jakimovska, Sladjana Petkovic, Alexandra Severino, Dragan Stanojevic, Marti Taru, Manfred Zentner


 Community impact – a Practical Guide

The European Solidarity Corps SALTO Resource Centre, a member of the Steering Group of the EPLM, working together with experts in the field, produced a practical guide on community impact of learning mobility. The Practical Guide aims to be hands-on, explaining some of the basics so that more and more people (especially practitioners) can feel confident in exploring the concept.

This tool aims to translate the important parts of recent research into a practical tool accessible to all people in the youth work field. Sharing the knowledge, awareness and potential of community impact of learning mobility projects to a wider audience is important. We hope this tool helps you do that.


 Community impact – a Practical Guide

1. Introduction to Community Impact, a Practical Guide
2. What does community actually mean?
3. What is impact?
4. How do we experience community impact?
5. How to know if the impact is there?
6. Impact in European Solidarity Corps projects
7. Good practices in learning mobility for community impact