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EU Researchers visit UK to kick off ground-breaking study of youth services

Released: 05.07.16

News - Youth Work Research

In a timely visit, university researchers from Europe joined colleagues at the University of St Mark & St John in Plymouth to start an Erasmus funded research project.

The study into the effectiveness of youth services is the largest research of its kind to be undertaken. Marjon researchers and youth workers believe it is vital for the future of services for young people across Europe.

Lead researchers, Jon Ord and Sue Cooper reflected on how important the project will be in terms of both generating a deeper understanding of the process of youth work across Europe and developing and communicating its impact. Dr Ord said: "The Brexit vote will severely limit the UK's ability to take part in such funded opportunities in the future."

Marjon staff welcomed colleagues from partner universities and youth work organisations in France, Italy, Estonia, Finland and England for a week’s training in the use of Transformative Evaluation, an innovative evaluation approach which takes young people's reflections on their experiences as its starting point.

It is expected that the three year project will generate evidence to support the funding of youth work in England and provide an online resource for youth and community practitioners.

Welcomed by the Lord Mayor Councillor Pauline Murphy, the researchers toured a number of youth clubs and services in the South West.

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