Research shows that Erasmus+ supports democracy and participation

New analysis shows that participation in Erasmus+ Youth mobility projects is boosting civic participation and helping young people and youth workers to become more active in their communities. 

The analysis, undertaken by ZK Analytics for the UK Erasmus+ National Agency, explored changes in behaviour and skills associated with civic society, community activism and democratic engagement and participation. 

A majority of participants in projects reported that they had learnt more about topics related to civil society and democracy. These included cultural diversity (71%), discrimination (44%), inclusion of disadvantaged or marginalised groups (43%), active citizenship (38%), solidarity with people facing difficulties (38%), human rights (37%) and democracy (27%). 

Participation in projects is also encouraging further participation, with over a third (34%) of all participants saying they were more likely to engage in civil society as a result of the project. Over two-fifths (42%) of all participants said they were more likely to volunteer as a result.

The evidence suggests Erasmus+ had a bigger impact for participants facing barriers. Whenever there were significant differences, the participants who faced obstacles were consistently more likely to report positive outcomes than those who did not. These differences remained significant even after differences in the socio-economic profile of the participants were taken into account.

The research shows the vital contribution of Erasmus+ in engaging young people, especially those facing obstacles, in democratic and community activities. Explore our interactive Logic Model to find out how Erasmus+ is helping participants in the UK.

The report is part of series of three produced by ZK Analytics and also includes Acquiring Skills and Youth Worker and Youth Work. You can download all three from our Programme Impact page.

RAY is the Research-based Analysis of Youth. The RAY Network includes over 30 Erasmus+ National Agencies and their research partners who cooperate on several research projects that explore the impact of Erasmus+ on participants and the youth sector.