Comparative Analyses of Educational assistance in Europe

Mamier, Jasmin/Pluto, Liane/Santen, Eric van/Seckinger, Mike/Zink, Gabriela (2003):
Comparative Analyses of Educational assistance in Europe. A comparative evaluation of the reactions of the welfare state based on two case studies taken from the Child and Youth Welfare System.
München Deutsches Jugendinstitut
The main task of the project “Youth Welfare Assistance and Social Change –
Performances and Structures”, supervised by the German Youth Institute
(Deutsches Jugendinstitut) and financially supported by the Federal Ministry for
Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, is to investigate at regular
intervals the governmental and non-governmental organisations in the field of child
and welfare services. In this project the organisational, political and educational
changes taking place in the child and youth welfare assistance sector are to be
documented and evaluated. A further aim is to describe the results of the changes
affecting those who are recipients of these services.These analyses and evaluations
are based on internally collected, repeatedly registered empirical data obtained at
regular intervals on a national level, ie. throughout Germany (ref. van Santen &
Seckinger 2003; van Santen, Mamier, Pluto, Seckinger & Zink 2003).
Furthermore, the project “Youth Welfare Assistance and Social Change”, conducted
interviews at European level in 2001 and 2002 with a view to gaining insight into the
practise of providing help to children and young people in various European
countries. The methods applied were:collection of data from youth welfare offices
and independent organisations based on standardised questionnaires, qualitative
regional studies with guided interviews, document analyses and observations.