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Youth Impact: Strengthening Organisational Capacities to Build Peace in Europe
Start date: Feb 1, 2015, End date: Jul 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

In this project six youth organisations, all working on peace education, will work together to research monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) and create guidelines for youth organisations to embed MEL within their structures and processes. The partner organisations are the United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY) based in the Netherlands and five of members of the UNOY European network: EIF (Germany), CEIPES (Italy), PATRIR (Romania), SCI (Belgium) and FCV (Spain). The over-all objective of the project is to strengthen the capacities of youth organizations working on peace education in the areas of strategic development and organizational management in order to foster quality improvements in youth work in general, and youth peace education in particular and to promote young people's active citizenship at European level in accordance to the EU Youth Strategy 2010 – 2018. The specific objectives of the project are: 1. To enhance the capacities of the partner organizations for strategic development by strengthening their monitoring, evaluation and learning processes; 2. To gain in-depth understanding of European youth organization’s need for and use of monitoring, evaluation and learning processes; 3. To develop functional guidelines for monitoring, evaluation and learning processes for youth organizations; During the project, a research team composed of one person from each organisation as well as an external lead researcher will carry out organisational assessments of all the partners. The assessments will be used to create a Research Report on Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning in Six European Youth Organizations. The research report will be disseminated through the Young Peacebuilders Forum, an international multiplier event taking place in the Hague in October 2015. On the basis of the research report, the organisational assessments, as well as the outcomes of discussions during the Young Peacebuilders Forum, each organisation will create action plans for implementing stronger MEL processes. The research team will then compile Guidelines on Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning for Youth Organizations. These guidelines will be disseminated widely, in particular to through multiplier events at the national level organised by each partner organisation. The result of the project will be increased quality in youth work carried out by youth-led organisations across Europe, through stronger MEL processes which enable the organisations to take a more strategic approach to their non-formal education activities.
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