issue 6, year 3

The Blue papers

Summarizing key results, providing essential recommendations to increase research impact, making research results accessible and strengthening research connection with people’s real life

Different work-packages came to an end during the last year of the project. WP7, which allowed the consortium to collect more than 10000 questionnaires from young people and to examine how individual characteristics, as well as conditions young people face in their everyday contexts, influence different aspects of national and European citizenship (including, trust, national and European identification, alienation and critical outlook). The results are summarized in the Blue Paper Political identification and engagement among European youth: Findings from the longitudinal study that you can download here

Qualitative methods were preferred for WP8. Through the use of ethnographic research this WP allowed researchers to understand contexts, instances, practices and motivations of young citizens across different EU countries. Forget about “standards”: young people are more complex and diverse that we expect, and it is not easy to put them into “boxes”. To learn more  about this work package you can access the Blue Paper: Defining successful citizen action: Practices, politics and motivation in youth citizenship across Europe here

A mixed method approach was used to test the intervention set up within WP9 to stimulate young people’s interest and engagement in European affairs in schools. The model that we implemented proved to be successful as it showed a significant capacity to increase students’ awareness on EU social and political issues and their knowledge on EU issues; moreover the intervention supported students to develop a more complex, articulated, and sometimes critical vision on the EU and active citizenship. The most important results of this activity are summarized in the Blue Paper Modelling and testing the processes of construction of youth active EU citizenship in school: recommendations from the CATCH-EyoU intervention, that can be downloaded here

At the very end of the project also WP2 Blue paper was delivered: it highlights the findings and recommendations of thirty-six months of work undertaken in an iterative process, where inputs of empirical findings and analyses contributed to theoretical conceptualisation of European youth active citizenship. The Blue paper Challenging theory: an integrated theoretical analysis of youth active citizenship is also available on our website.

CATCH-EyoU has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement n. 649538