YouCount – New H2020-funded project starting in February


The European Union is funding the upcoming project YouCount, a collaboration of eleven partners across Europe.

YouCount – Empowering Youth and Cocreating Social Innovations and Policymaking Through Youth-Focused Citizen Social Science will receive funding by the Horizon 2020 framework of the European Union. The project, scheduled to run from February 2021 to January 2024, is being led by Reidun Norvoll (Oslomet – storbyuniversitetet, Centre for Welfare and Labour Research, Norway). In Vienna, Jörg Matthes will lead work package 4 entitled "Evaluation and impact assessment" and will be supported by Isabelle Freiling and an additional student assistant. The YouCount project consortium consists of eleven partners, ten of which are research institutions, with the web developer SPOTTERON completing the consortium.

About: In Europe, and globally, substantial numbers of young people are at risk of social exclusion, and there is therefore a pressing need to develop more knowledge and innovation to create more inclusive and youth-friendly societies. Citizen social science might contribute to these needs, but the actual outcomes of citizen social science and its innovative potential is uncertain. YouCount will therefore, through cocreative youth citizen social science (Y-CSS) including youths in the age of 15-29 years as citizen scientists, produce new knowledge of positive drivers for social inclusion of youth at risk of exclusion, and cocreate innovations and policymaking. Moreover, YouCount will provide evidence of the actual outcomes of Y-CSS through hands on citizen science activities.

Project: YouCount
PI: Jörg Matthes
Duration: 2021-2024
Collaboration (in Vienna): Isabelle Freiling
Web: Advertising & Media Effects Research Group (AdME)

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