What is innovation and how does it happen? What can support or hinder innovation in the context of youth work? 


These were some of the questions investigated in the study on youth work and innovation conducted by the EAYW in the period between summer 2020 and summer 2021.


To find out more, desk research was conducted, and focus groups and a survey were carried out with youth workers and managers of organisations from the youth work community of practice.

The study outcomes include a definition of innovation in youth work, a theoretical model of how innovations happen, and some conclusions based on an analysis of the factors that play the greatest roles in supporting or hindering innovations in youth work.


Research was carried out by #EAYW researchers: Dragan Atanasov, Michelangelo Belletti and Federica Demicheli. 


You can download the final report of the Study on Innovation in Youth Work as well as the annexes with more background information of the research HERE


Enjoy the reading and we would be happy to hear your feedback! If you want to share your impressions about the Study, you can post them on our Facebook page or contact us by email.


Stay tuned with us – we are going to publish a video podcast with our researchers this Friday, and a bit later, also an animated video about the research!