Youth Policy Advisory GroupsYPAGs serve as a linking structure, providing a space for flows of information between the project and youth field-workers.
- To enhance science-policy links by developing an active flow of information and exchange with the relevant national institutions/organisations and negotiating with them an appropriate set of deliverables from the project.
- To enhance science-policy links by working with policy and practitioner partners to design and produce evidence based policy publication in the local language which brings together the needs of policy makers, youth work practitioners and scientific research findings with a thematic focus relevant to the local context as this emerges from research data and information exchange.
- To enhance science-society links through the active dissemination and promotion of this collaborative publication at national and regional levels.
- At the start of the project cycle, and drawing on findings of WP3, each participating partner will identify the key agencies for linking science and research in the areas of youth policy and youth work and, together with them, determine a nationally specific agenda for activities. For this purpose, in each country, links will be established with at least one key youth policy institution (i.e. government departments/ministries for youth affairs) and at least one key youth work institution to form a Youth Policy Advisory Group (YPAG)that meets approximately twice per year.
- Comments and suggestions on the research agenda will be invited from these partners and fed into WP1 and the Survey and Qualitative Working Groups.
- Meetings with policy and practitioner partners will be held on a regular basis (formal meetings will be scheduled at least twice per year) as an integral part of this two-way information flow. On the basis of discussions and written responses to the two-way information flow, the basis for a collaboratively produced evidence-based policy publication will be developed. During the final year of the project, academic, policy and practitioner partners will work together on the production of this joint publication.