The EU Youth Strategy should be evidence-based and anchored in the real needs and situations of young people. That requires continuous research, knowledge development and outreach to young people and youth organisations.
Statistics, indicators and data collection sources
The European Commission gathers and analyses data on young people and so do other organisations like the Council of Europe, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and national authorities. Here are some sources:
- A dashboard of 41 indicators covering all areas of the EU Youth Strategy developed and maintained by an expert group;
- Statistics on youth provided by the European Statistics Office (Eurostat), with an open database containing the latest available data;
- The Eurostat database contains data on young people from the EU Labour Force Survey and the EU Survey on Income and Living Conditions;
- Public opinion surveys, including European Youth Flash Eurobarometer 455 (2017), European Youth Flash Eurobarometer 408 (2015);
- The European Commission studies or reports on youth policy;
- The Youth Wiki, Europe’s online encyclopaedia in the area of national youth policies;
- The youth partnership between the European Union and the Council of Europe manages research activities from the European Knowledge Centre for Youth Policy (EKCYP) and from The Pool of European Youth Researchers (PEYR);
- Analysis of the youth chapter under the Erasmus+ programme.