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EACEA National Policies Platform: Youthwiki


10. Youth work

10.4 Quality and innovation in youth work

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  1. Quality assurance
  2. Research and evidence supporting Youth Work
  3. Participate Youth Work
  4. Smart youth work: youth work in the digital world


Quality assurance


There is no quality assurance specifically applied for 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 related indicators (indikátorok) of the project are the following: 

  1. number of participants younger than 25 years of age (20 000)
  2. number of mentored local communities (570)

The second indicator’s monitoring includes the reports of mentors. 

The project also contains an objective coordinated by the Youth and Volunteer Methodological Centre of the New Generation Centre (Új Nemzedék Központ) to create the procedural rules of expert selection and qualification of the youth profession. Since 2020, the Directorate of Youth Profession Programmes, under the Elisabeth Youth Fund (Erzsébet Ifjúsági Alap), took over this task. Besides this, probably the most elaborate quality assurance of youth work (overlapping 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).


Research and evidence supporting Youth Work


There is no specific research on youth work. In general, data on youth work is hard to obtain as the concept is often blurred with volunteering and youth participation. However, the regular large sample youth researches (see sub-chapter 1.1 Target population of 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 Complex Youth Developments (Komplex ifjúsági fejlesztések) project has a knowledge repository which lists good practices (jó gyakorlatok), mainly of municipal governments and NGOs.


Participate Youth Work


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 initiative related to youth work has been the existence of the Roundtable for Youth, where the National Youth Council (Nemzeti Ifjúsági Tanács) is involved in channelling the interests of youth organisations.


Smart youth work: youth work in the digital world


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 '' works as a professional site targeted for youth workers and youth experts. It functions as a knowledge base, and a networking tool is under development, where a database of youth experts and a resource map of local youth services will be published.

On the other hand, the webpage '' 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.