10.4 Quality and innovation in youth work
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There is no quality assurance system that is specific to youth work programmes. The system which is closest to it is the monitoring process of the Complex Youth Developments – New Generation Reloaded (Komplex ifjúsági fejlesztések – Új Nemzedék Újratöltve) HRDOP project. (For more information, please see sub-chapter 10.3 Support to youth work. The relevant indicators (indikátorok) of the project are the following:
- number of participants younger than 25 years of age (20 000),
- number of local communities served (570).
The second indicator's monitoring includes the reports of mentors.
Besides this, probably the most elaborate quality assurance of youth work (which overlaps with research) relates to Erasmus+ Youth, the Hungarian implementation of RAY (Research-based Analysis of Erasmus+/YiA) is carried out by Rubeus Foundation (Rubeus Egyesület).
There is no specific research on youth work. In general, it is difficult to obtain data on youth work as the concept is often mixed with volunteering and youth participation. However, the regular large sample youth researches (see sub-chapter 1.6 Evidence-based youth policy) do involve questions related to youth services. This enables practitioners and policymakers to estimate the accessibility of and needs for youth services.
Besides, the professional website of the Elisabeth Youth Fund (Erzsébet Ifjúsági Alap) has a knowledge repository which lists good practices (jó gyakorlatok), mainly of municipal governments and NGOs.
As mentioned before, a typical way of how youth work is organised is based on organic grassroots initiatives. (Please see sub-chapter 10.2 Administration and governance of youth work for details.)
Top-level approaches often focus on youth participation (see sub-chapter 5.3 Youth representation bodies and 5.4 Young people's participation in policy-making). Besides this, the only top-level authority related to youth policy is currently the Board of the Children and Youth Fund (Gyermek és Ifjúsági Alapprogram Tanácsa) and the National Youth Council (Nemzeti Ifjúsági Tanács) is involved in channelling the interests of youth organisations.
The most relevant elements of top-level approaches to digital youth work are the websites operated by Elisabeth Youth Fund (Erzsébet Ifjúsági Alap).
The webpage 'http://www.unp.hu/' works as a professional site targeted for youth workers and youth experts. It functions as a knowledge base, and a networking tool has been developed, where a database of youth experts and a resource map of local youth services is published.
On the other hand, the webpage 'http://www.futournet.hu/' mainly targets young people and provides information on programmes and services carried out through the HRDOP project. The website also offers online career guidance support.