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1. Youth Policy Governance

1.6 Evidence-based youth policy

Last update: 7 March 2024
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  1. Political Commitment to Evidence-Based Youth Policy
  2. Cooperation between policy-making and research
  3. National Statistics and available data sources
  4. Budgetary Allocations supporting research in the youth field


Political Commitment to Evidence-Based Youth Policy

Evidence-based youth policy principles were adopted within the framework of Recommendations for the organization and evaluation of the activities of municipal youth councils (2019). The main principles of youth council activities that should be followed are:

  1. Evidence-based youth policies: decisions are taken on the basis of available facts and sound knowledge;

  2. Transparency and openness: the youth and the public of the municipality are regularly informed about the activities of the municipal youth council (SJRT) and its organization, and the discussion of issues relevant to young people.

  3. Active involvement:  young people and other stakeholders are involved and actively participate in the discussion, decision-making and implementation of decisions about the programs and measures implemented in the municipality;

  4. Active interest: representatives seconded to the youth councils are interested in the implementation of youth policy, have or seek to gain knowledge and experience in various areas of youth policy implementation;

  5. Appropriate representation: representatives of the councils represent various fields of activity related to the implementation of youth policy, representatives of youth - various groups of young people, and issues related to youth are always addressed in coordination with young people, representatives of youth organizations;

  6. Communication and co-operation: municipal institutions, establishments and organizations communicate and co-operate with each other in solving youth issues, inter-agency and inter-institutional networking is encouraged;

  7. Efficiency and effectiveness: measures and programs implemented for young people are focused on quality and change.

National Youth Policy Development Programme (2011-2019) strives towards inter-institutional and cross-sectoral cooperation in developing a coherent, evidence- and knowledge-based youth policy. In Action Plan of the National Youth Policy 2023-2027 defined goal nr. 2: implement a gradually developing effective, youth needs-oriented, evidence-based youth policy.


All 60 Lithuanian municipalities have prepared strategic documents on youth policy - medium-term (2023-2025) action plans and monitoring and control systems for their implementation (ex. Šilalės municipality) The plans provides for priority directions, the procedure for financing parts of projects of youth organizations and selection criteria, the size of the estimated budget, etc.


Cooperation between policy-making and research

In general, youth activities and activities of Youth organisations in Lithuania are remarkably well documented and presented. Institutionalised and regular cooperation between the Agency of Youth Affairs responsible for youth and the youth research community is common practice.


Each ministry provides reports and all necessary information. The following activities are implemented in order to form and implement evidence and knowledge-based youth policy on national and local levels: youth issues related national research and quality assessment of youth policy implementation on national level and in municipalities, analysis of cross-sectorial cooperation in the field of youth policy. 


The Agency of Youth Affairs performs youth situation research in Lithuania. One of the key objectives of such research is to analyse to what extent youth is distinguished as a part of society as well as perceived as a distinctive social group. The objective is also to find out the problems of youth, activity of youth in society, moral values or young people, as well as general assessment of situation in Lithuania. Some of the studies regarding youth situation research section are available on the Agency of Youth Affairs website. 


With the view of conceptual changes in compiling and systemizing information on youth as well as making timely decisions, to solve youth problems the Agency of Youth Affairs cooperates with universities in the field of research on youth. 


Compilation of information and performance of analyses are annually carried out for the European Commission as to implementation of priorities, raised in the field of the EU youth policy (involvement and information of youth, voluntariness, and better knowledge of youth), in Lithuania. 


The Agency of Youth Affairs is also engaged in the activities of the European Knowledge Center for Youth Policy (EKCYP). EKCYP is continually furnished with updated information on the national youth policy in cooperation with the state and other institutions, non-governmental youth organizations and other entities working with youth. 


Youth Affairs Researchers’ Network is an informal structure, composed of higher education institutions, private institutions, youth policy makers, non-governmental youth organizations, public authorities responsible for the implementation of youth policy, representatives of other interested youth policy actors. Members of the Youth Affairs Researchers’ Network are invited to speak and express their opinions in meetings and conferences, policy evaluations and expert group meetings. Conferences of young researchers are organized. Information for the 2022 conference is available here.



National Statistics and available data sources

State Data Agency periodically collects statistics of Youth of Lithuania demographic and social characteristics. State Data Agency  in cooperation with research institutes and universities also publishes thematic publications with official statistics and analysis. The Statistical Portrait of the Youth in Lithuania between 2005 and 2014 contains the main official statistics, such as the number of young people by age and sex, their marriage, divorce, employment, education, standard of living, health, and crime indicators.  Statistic of 2019, 2017, 2016 and 2015 is provided by Agency of Youth Affairs here.


Detailed information on youth data and research is also provided on the Agency of Youth Affairs website where all information on youth research and available data is published. The Agency of Youth Affairs systemises research reports and makes data available. Their website contains links to sources of information on youth research done by various bodies such as research institutes, universities, commissioned research by different governmental and non-governmental organizations in Lithuania. The data is available since 2004 and is continuously updated. The Agency of Youth Affairs commissions youth situation research


Specific data on NEETs are collected quarterly by regional youth coordinators in the municipalities and reported to the Ministry of Social Security and Labour. There also exists specific youth guarantee implementation monitoring system and data collection framework coordinated by Public Employment Service


Budgetary Allocations supporting research in the youth field

Budgetary allocations by Ministry of Social Security and Labour supporting research in the youth field are demand-driven i.e. data are collected by commissioning ad-hoc research addressing specific youth problems. Specific youth guarantee implementation monitoring system (15 paragraph) and data collection framework is coordinated by Lithuanian Public Employment Service.