Our projects

What do the youth researchers investigate in their projects? Who is involved in the individual projects? Here we present Luxembourg’s youth research projects: find out what the research projects are about, who runs them, how long they last and what results they deliver. Through our diverse research projects, we are constantly expanding our knowledge of the youth phase and young people in Luxembourg. The projects allow us to comprehensively research certain questions.

At the end of each project, we have new scientific publications on young people in Luxembourg.

Our working areas

We have been active in these for many years: social reporting, survey research, research and evaluation on policy and practice of non-formal education, and documentation. What makes each area special is described below. Discover also which concrete projects belong to the work areas.

Social Reporting

Here we write reports that portray Luxembourgish society and its young people. The aim is to provide political and social decision-makers, as well as the general public, with a comprehensive picture of young people and their stage in life. Our youth reports represent a cross-section of young people’s lives. But we have also reported on sub-topics such as generational conflicts, integration experiences or sexual minorities.

Monitoring

Our working area “Monitoring” aims to regularly collect data on young people in Luxembourg. For this purpose, randomly selected young people take part in surveys that we plan, conduct and evaluate. Our recurring Youth Survey Luxembourg is one of the important projects in this area, as is the HBSC study on the health behavior of school-age children.

Research and evaluation on policy and practice of non-formal education in adolescence.

This working area researches non-formal education, carries out basic social science research and evaluates structures in youth or social work with the aim of improving them. We are particularly interested in how Luxembourg’s spaces of non-formal education are developing. The public sector implements many measures aimed specifically at young people. How well young people in Luxembourg accept these, and whether they meet their needs, is something we are also researching here. Evaluations have been conducted at the program and organizational levels, as well as on European projects.

Documentation

The wealth of results and findings from Luxembourg’s youth research is impressive. This working area provides and disseminates scientific all information on youth and youth policy in Luxembourg. The DDRC, whose web pages you are currently visiting, is the best example of this. We also participate in national and European documentation projects such as Observatoire Jeunesse, Youth Wiki and EKCYP.

Dissertations

Aspiring young scientists also have the opportunity to do their doctorate in the above-mentioned fields. Get to know the projects of our current candidates here.

How are our projects created?

Our projects deal with all aspects of the life situation of young people in Luxembourg. The following considerations guide the development of new projects: To which scientific debates can Luxembourgish youth research contribute? Where do we still have knowledge gaps about youths in Luxembourg? What is the social relevance of a research project?

Some of our projects also emerge in response to new social developments. For example, the global COVID-19 pandemic generated a strong public interest in how youth in Luxembourg dealt with the mitigation measures. Using our existing data from the Youth Survey Luxembourg, we were able to set up the Young People and COVID-19 (YAC+) project. In it, we get to the bottom of this very question.

Public decision makers also rely on information to set policy guidelines or plan measures. We are happy to take on such research assignments in specific subject areas. These projects have a certain duration and are financially supported by the client. The knowledge gained from these research projects can be the basis for fact-based discussions between policy makers. Luxembourgish youth research projects hence contribute to the success of fact-based youth policy.