Youth Impact: Strengthening Organisational Capacities

Erasmus +

Project Dates: 01-02-2015 till 01-06-2016
Duration: 16 months
Leading Organisation: United Network of Young Peacebuilders (Netherlands)
Partner organisations:
European Intercultural Forum e.V. (Germany);European Youth Foundation
CEIPES Centro Internazionale per la Promozione dell Educazione e lo Sviluppo (Italy);
Service Civil International (Belgium);
Fundacio Catalunya Voluntaria (Catalunya, Spain);
Peace Action Training and Research Institute of Romania PATRIR (Romania)
Funded by: Erasmus+ Key Action 2, Dutch National Agency and European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe

The 16-months project “Youth Impact: Strengthening Organisational Capacities” takes place in the frame of the UNOY Network. It is funded by the Erasmus+ programme (Key Action 2) and the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe.

In this project six youth organisations, all working on peace education, will work together to research monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) and create guidelines for youth organisations to embed MEL within their structures and processes.

The over-all objective of the project is to strengthen the capacities of youth organisations working on peace education in the areas of strategic development and organisational management in order to foster quality improvements in youth work in general, and youth peace education in particular and to promote young people’s active citizenship at European level in accordance to the EU Youth Strategy 2010 – 2018.

The specific objectives of the project are:

– To enhance the capacities of the partner organisations for strategic development by strengthening their monitoring, evaluation and learning processes;
– To gain in-depth understanding of European youth organisation’s need for and use of monitoring, evaluation and learning processes;
– To develop functional guidelines for monitoring, evaluation and learning processes for youth organisations;

During the project, a research team composed of one person from each organisation as well as an external lead researcher will carry out organisational assessments of all the partners. The assessments will be used to create a Research Report on Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning in Six European youth organisations. The research report will be disseminated through the Young Peacebuilders Forum, an international multiplier event taking place in the Hague in October 2015.

On the basis of the research report, the organisational assessments, as well as the outcomes of discussions during the Young Peacebuilders Forum, each organisation will create action plans for implementing stronger MEL processes. The research team will then compile Guidelines on Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning for Youth Organizations. These guidelines will be disseminated widely, in particular to through multiplier events at the national level organised by each partner organisation.

The result of the project will be increased quality in youth work carried out by youth-led organisations across Europe, through stronger MEL processes which enable the organisations to take a more strategic approach to their non-formal education activities.

News!

08-11 May 2015: the Transnational kick-off meeting takes place in The Hague, Netherlands. It gathers the researchers of all partner organisations involved in the project, who will exchange and top-up their competences in regards to monitoring, evaluation and learning (ME&L) in youth organisations.

11-14 May 2015: Field Visit at Service Civil International in Belgium

2-6 June 2015: Field Visit at the Foundation Catalunya Voluntaria, Barcelona, Spain

7-10 July 2015: Field Visit at the International Centre for the Promotion of Education and Development (CEIPES) in Italy

14-17 September 2015: Field Visit at The Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR) in Cluj, Romania

15 September 2015: Information event “Youth Rising! Local Impact, Global Impact – Changing the World Today” at PATRIR, Cluj, Romania

17-20 September 2015: Field visit about the European Intercultural Forum e. V.

27-30 September 2015: Field Visit at the United Network for Young Peacebuilders in The Hague, Netherlands

9-12 November: Second transnational meeting with all organisations represented, The Hague, Netherlands

12-16 November 2015: Presence of all coordinators/ researchers onto the Young Peacebuilders Forum in The Hague, Netherlands and presentation of results of the research phase concerning Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning in youth peace organisations

December 2015: Publication of the report “Youth Impact for Peace” that highlights the findings of the research on Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning practices in youth peace organisations. See here.

August 2016: Publication of the online guide for youth organisations on monitoring, evaluation and learning was just published. The guide offers guidance and assessment tools for youth workers in the peacebuilding field to better plan, monitor and evaluate their work and to learn from successes and failures. Visit the tool here to learn how the guide works and how to start improving your work!

Reports and Documents

Report “Youth Impact for Peace” – December 2015

Online Guide “The Learning Curve – A Guide to Evaluation for Youth Organisations”

Offline Version “The Learning Curve – A Guide to Evaluation for Youth Organisations”

Photos of transnational meetings and activities