The Youth Wiki is Europe's online encyclopaedia in the area of national youth policies. The platform is a comprehensive database of national structures, policies and actions supporting young people. It covers eight main fields of action: education and training, employment and entrepreneurship, health and well-being, participation, voluntary activities, social inclusion, youth and the world, and creativity and culture.
The Youth Wiki is an online platform presenting information on European countries' youth policies.
The main objective of the Youth Wiki is to support evidence-based European cooperation in the field of Youth. It does so by providing information on national policies in support of young people – in a user-friendly and continuously updated way.
The overall purpose is to help the European Commission and Member States in their decision making, by providing information on state of play on reforms and initiatives. The collection of qualitative information also allows the exchange of information and innovative approaches and can substantiate peer learning activities.
Currently, 29 countries participate in the Youth Wiki.
The content of the Youth Wiki is shaped by the policy priorities established by the European Commission and the Member States in the framework of the European cooperation in the youth field.
In particular, it is developed in view of supporting major European-level commitments and policy developments for the fields of action identified in the EU Youth Strategy.
The information is provided and annually updated by National Correspondents (NCs), designated by the governments of each participating country. It is essentially qualitative, and allows for the analysis of reforms and trends in policy orientations in the participating countries.
The main source of information consists of official documents originating from national top-level authorities in the youth field, i.e. the authorities with responsibility for youth policy in each country.
NCs also refer to studies, surveys, analyses or assessments/evaluations conducted directly by public authorities or commissioned to research centres, experts, think-tanks and the like.
National descriptions very seldom report national data and statistics as these are often collected through country-specific methodologies whose results can only be comprehended in the national context.