Insights into social inclusion and digitalisation

Can digitalisation help us to tackle existing inequalities, or does it leave some young people even further behind?

This publication explores the extent to which digitalisation can support the process of social inclusion for various groups of young people, particularly those who face multidimensional barriers, such as youth with disabilities; youth who are not in employment, education or training (NEET); young refugees and migrants; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI) youth; young women and girls; youth suffering from substance abuse or dependency; young people from minority ethnic, racial or religious backgrounds; socio-economically marginalised youth; homeless youth; youth in abusive households and those who have
committed or have been a victim of crime.

The authors of this Insights examine, using the literature review and data collected through the survey, the policy instruments developed by European, national and local authorities, aimed at addressing social inclusion within the context of growing digitalisation. They further explore and present existing digital platforms, online tools and educational and training opportunities available to young people and youth workers or teachers and critically look at the opportunities and risks associated with social inclusion of young people as they face increasing digitalisation.

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Insights into youth policy evaluation

Policy monitoring and evaluation are complex aspects of policy making, and there are many myths that make them difficult to understand. This volume of Insights explains these concepts, presents the reality across Europe, gives examples of good approaches and tips for how to integrate monitoring and evaluation in
youth policy making.

It looks at the following questions.

  • How can evaluation bring forward learning in youth policy?
  • How can it lead to more agile, flexible and adequate policy making in the youth field?
  • What are the benefits of good policy monitoring and evaluation?
  • How can young people contribute?

The publication is addressed to all those initiating, implementing or participating in youth policy evaluation. Drawing on the results of the Youth Policy Evaluation Review, a study carried out in 2019 by the EU-Council of Europe youth partnership with the correspondents of the European Knowledge Centre for Youth Policy across more than 30 countries in Europe, this Insights presents concepts, methods, steps and case studies in youth policy monitoring and evaluation.

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Insights into youth policy governance

Youth policies are initiated and reviewed regularly at various levels, from local to national and international. People who work within this process, from policy makers to practitioners, researchers and young people, ask themselves how they can set up the best governance system for their context, who should manage youth policy, how communication can be ensured among the different stakeholders and how young people are involved.

Using over 15 years of gathering and analysing evidence in the European Knowledge Centre for Youth Policy (EKCYP), the EU-Council of Europe youth partnership presents its first Insights.  This publication seeks to provide insights into youth policy governance with presentations of approaches in different countries and with guiding questions for reflection. It thus offers a picture of how youth policies are set up (the legal framework) and which public structures manage their implementation, as well as how young people are involved. The analysis is presented based on a multi-country review of contributions gathered  in 2016 and 2017 from the EKCYP and the EU Youth Wiki. To frame the analysis across Europe, Insights also presents European-level policy imperatives and governance in the Council of Europe and the European Union, and the knowledge on this subject gathered through their partnership in the field of youth.

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