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Youth policy, research and practice in Europe

European Knowledge Centre for Youth Policy

The European Knowledge Centre for Youth Policy (EKCYP), an affiliate of the Council of Europe, is a youth project run jointly by the European Commission and the Council of Europe. It offers current information on youth policy, research and practice in Europe based on empirical research in this field.

The information is compiled, evaluated and researched by a network of national correspondents. IJAB has been the network representative for Germany since 2005, working on behalf of Germany's Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Women, Senior Citizens and Youth.

The selection of key youth policy topics is aligned with those defined by the Council of Europe and the European Union. Country-specific information is gathered using standardised questionnaires, ensuring that the data remains comparable across countries.

Besides the thematic and country-specific information, the EKCYP offers a library of online documents, reports etc. published by the partnership between the European Commission and the Council of Europe in the field of youth. The online glossary on youth provides EKCYP users with an overview of relevant terms and their definitions as well as links to other glossaries .

EKCYP users are invited to provide active input. After registering, they can upload their own relevant research or policy documents. They may also propose successful youth work and youth policy practices from a wide variety of contexts (e.g., diversity, participation, human rights, health, volunteering) for upload to the site.

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The EKCYP correspondents meet once a year to discuss current EKCYP developments, propose improvements to the platform and discuss topics to be addressed in future. The network supports the Youth Partnership by engaging in thematic research and analysis and giving greater visibility to the Partnership's activities in the respective national contexts.


EKCYP correspondent for Germany
Natali Petala-Weber
Project Officer
International Youth Policy Cooperation
Tel.: +49 (0)228 9506-201