The European Commission has contracted with GHK Consulting Ltd, a London based firm, to produce a study about "Working with young people - the value of youth work in the EU" under the Youth in Action Programme. The outcomes of the study should be available around September 2013.
The study aims to examine the value of different forms of youth work across the EU for young people.
It should identify how youth work contributes to the EU's objectives in the youth field, focusing on the 8 fields of action under the EU youth strategy and on youth work's role in non-formal learning as addressed in 'Youth on the move'.
The study should present a classification of different youth work activities around the EU and which groups of young people they target and reach.
It should illustrate its findings with success stories, describing the specific contributions of youth workers and point to supportive policies or programmes which have led to a significant change in the prospects for young people.
Finally, it should identify which are the critical factors showing where youth work and youth work policy can successfully contribute to youth work practices, policies and support programmes.