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Xplore programme

Area : Mobility

Country : NETHERLANDS Location : The Netherlands

Who implemented the activity :
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands , in collaboration with Netherlands Youth Institute - Nederlands Jeugdinstituut
Aims / Objectives :
1. Involve young people in developing cooperation projects using exchanges and voluntary work as a tool; 2. involve young people with lower or little education and for example migrants in these projects.

Short description :

This mobility programme was financed in 2005-2009 with a budget of € 20 Million. The programme has been extensively evaluated and had high scores of efficiency:

  • 7,000 participants (5,200 target)
  • 1.3 million people directly reached through dissemination activities (700,000 target)
  • 55% lower educational level (target 40%)
  • 90% participants say their increased involvement will lead to different behaviour (target 75%)

The success factors were:

  • Clear aim of the programme, clear indicators for the evaluation combined with a strict reporting regime (no proof, no money)
  • Support to organisations and participants
  • Good returns on investment (€ 15,000 per reached participant)
  • Impact on participants and their environment thanks to the fact that dissemination activities were compulsory and had to reach a high number of people, otherwise no grant was allocated. The dissemination activities organized were a successful “non-formal learning experience” both for the volunteers and the participants who took part to the events.

Thanks to these results, the programme will continute for the period 2010-2014, despite budget reductions.

Date : 15.12.2010

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