The European Knowledge Centre for Youth Policy is an online youth project run jointly by the European Commission and the Council of Europe.
It offers up-to-date information on youth and youth policy in Europe that is the result of empirical research in this field. The information is compiled, evaluated and researched by correspondents working in the Member States. IJAB is the correspondents' network's representative for Germany.
EKCYP provides well-researched data on the situation faced by youth, and youth policy, across Europe, broken down by the same thematic areas as the European Union's White Paper on Youth and the EU Youth Strategy. The country-specific information was gathered by means of a standardised questionnaire, hence allowing for a comparison across countries. EKCYP is dedicated to the transfer of knowledge between researchers, policymakers and practitioners working in the youth field.
EKCYP users are actively invited to provide input. Once they have registered with the site, they can upload their own articles and documents, as well as examples of good youth work practices (e.g., with reference to participation, volunteering, or diversity).
EKCYP correspondent meet once or twice a year to discuss recent developments within EKCYP, suggest improvements to the online platform, and optimise the questionnaires managed by the correspondents.