Evaluating sustainability: an ex-post research on youth projects in Puglia

Journal title RIV Rassegna Italiana di Valutazione
Author/s Daniele Morciano, Anna Fausta Scardigno
Publishing Year 2019 Issue 2018/70 Language Italian
Pages 23 P. 52-74 File size 477 KB
DOI 10.3280/RIV2018-070004
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Supporting youth-led projects is part of the youth policy implemented by the Council of Europe and the European Commission since the early 90s. Taking an active role in a project is both an empowerment experience and a contribution to the development of the own community. The paper presents an ex-post evaluation of a programme for youth-led projects in the South of Italy. The evaluation study focused on the sustainability of the new youth organizations established thanks to the programme, namely their continuity after 4 years from the first annual project funded by the programme. Research methods included a survey of young project leaders and in-depth interviews aimed at exploring forms, barriers and facilitators of the sustainability paths taken up by the youth groups.

Keywords: Youth Policy; Youth Projects; Empowerment; Youth Participation; Non Formal Learning; Community Development.

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Daniele Morciano, Anna Fausta Scardigno, Valutare la sostenibilità: una ricerca ex post sui progetti giovanili in Puglia in "RIV Rassegna Italiana di Valutazione" 70/2018, pp 52-74, DOI: 10.3280/RIV2018-070004