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Tender: Study on Impact of Transnational Volunteering through European Voluntary Service
Pályáztató:  Európai Bizottság
Határidő:  2015. december 7.
Feltöltve:  2015. november 5., 21:04:43
Célcsoport:  Magánszemélyek (354)
Tipus:  Szakmai gyakorlat (69)
Szakmai terület:  Ifjúság (75); Egyéb (86); Civilszféra (37)
Ország:  Magyarország; Románia
Forrás:  https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/about-eacea/calls-for-tenders/study-impact-transnational-volunteering-through-european-voluntary-service_en

The European Commission promotes cross-border volunteering for young people through the European Voluntary Service (EVS), supported by the EU Youth Strategy, notably "Voluntary Activities" as one of the eight fields of actions. The European Voluntary Service has existed since 1996; based on a working document "Towards a European Voluntary Service for Young People" of January 1996, the Commission introduced the European Voluntary Service as a pilot action in 1996-1997. At the end of 1996, the Commission proposed the European Voluntary Service Community Action Programme, which was implemented in 1998-1999. EVS was integrated in the YOUTH programme (2000-2006), and continued under the Youth in Action programme (2007-2013) and the current Erasmus+ programme (2014-2020).

Volunteering abroad, through EVS, gives young people an opportunity to increase their level of competence in each of the Key competences for lifelong learning. Ensuring that these opportunities are made available to all young people, regardless of background, is central to EVS under the Erasmus+ programme. A particular emphasis on this is ensured through the Erasmus+ Inclusion and Diversity Strategy in the field of youth.

Geographical coverage

The contractor must propose an appropriate geographical spread: The qualitative research should cover from 5 to 7 countries representing the diversity of the youth sector and youth volunteering in countries in which the European Voluntary Service has been implemented. Among these countries, a minimum of half of them must be countries which were among the EU Member States in 1996.

The geographical spread should ensure that countries with a diverse socio-economic situation are covered. Furthermore, the selection should also take into account diversity in terms of the youth sector and situation of youth volunteering in the countries chosen.

The quantitative research should cover all Erasmus+ Programme Countries. For the longterm perspective, the EU Member States in 1996 should be covered as a minimum.

The tenderer must justify the selection of countries where relevant.

The tenderer may also include countries outside of the Erasmus+ Programme Countries, if deemed relevant, feasible and demonstrated convincingly in the bid.

Target groups

The results of the study are primarily intended to inform national and EU-level policy discussions on the impact of EVS and the future of youth volunteering policy. Key target groups for the research outputs thus include:

  • The EU institutions

  • Governing bodies in Europe (ministries, committees, councils) responsible for youth and volunteering

  • Erasmus+ National Agencies, SALTOs Youth Resource Centres and the Eurodesk network

  • International and local organisations involved in youth volunteering

  • Researchers and research institutions working on youth policy

  • Employers

  • Young people.

Objective of the contract

The general objective to which this contract will contribute is to evaluate the short-term and long-term effect of transnational volunteering through the European Voluntary Service, and to identify the EU added value of the action, in particular by measuring the impact on three levels:

  • Individual level: Young people having taken part in European Voluntary Service. The study should in particular examine how taking part in volunteering abroad has had an impact on the development of skills, competences, values, attitudes, career paths, life-choices and European awareness of the individual. There should be a particular focus on the impact, benefits and challenges for young people with fewer opportunities when it comes to taking part in EVS.

  • Organisational level: Organisations having taken and taking part in European Voluntary Service as Sending, Receiving and/or Coordinating Organisation. The study should in particular examine the impact taking part in EVS has on the organisation, particularly to see the involvement in transnational activities, partnerships with other organisations across borders, involvement of other nationalities in the activities of the organisation, benefits of taking part in transnational inclusion projects as well as the overall professional development of the organisation comparatively before and after taking part in EVS. The results should also provide information about tendencies of organisations to continue (or not) with EVS; what are the factors that motivate organisations to continue with EVS and what are the factors that prevent them or demotivate them from doing so. Based on these results, the analysis should emphasise the challenges organisations experience in getting involved in EVS, with a view to improve the understanding of how the programme can be implemented in a way to increase the participation of a larger variety and number of organisations than is the case today. There should be a particular focus on how to include more organisations that would be willing to involve young people with fewer opportunities in EVS, both sending and receiving.

  • Local community level: Local communities affected by the European Voluntary Service either through proximity to a volunteer doing his or her European Voluntary Service in the local community and the local community the volunteer has returned to. The study should in particular provide solid understanding of the effect EVS has on the communities in proximity to the volunteer, both where he or she is hosted and where he or she is from. The results should notably provide information on European awareness and international contacts and initiatives in a comparative perspective before and after European Voluntary Service in the community. The tenderer is invited to provide a sound definition of local community that would encompass the various types of EVS placements that exist.

 

Submission Deadline: 7 December 2015

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