Impact of COVID-19 on youth participation and democratic spaces


Dear respondent (representative of organisation or informal group of young people active in the youth field),   

we would like to invite you to complete the following survey examining the state of civic spaces for youth since the outbreak of COVID-19 on behalf of your organisation or informal group of young people (only one response per organisation is needed). This research is conducted within the EU-Council of Europe Youth Partnership’s project: “COVID-19 impact on young people and the youth sector” and its COVID-19 Knowledge Hub, which hosts the data and information sources on research related to COVID-19 pandemic and young people.

The focus of this survey is the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on youth participation and democratic spaces. The problem of shrinking civic spaces for young people is not new, since, increasingly hostile conditions for civil, political and social engagement of young people across the globe have presented barriers for youth and youth organisations, youth groups and movements to be an agent of social change. This has been a central question of the European Youth Forum’s reserach, Youth Partnership’s publications, Council of Europe’s Recommendation and EU Council Conclusions. The previous round of this survey informed these processes and served as an evidence-base for key measures addressing the problem of shrinking youth civic spaces. This research aims to examine the extent to which the pandemic had an additional toll on young people’s access to open, safe and free civic spaces and their democratic participation. The survey will take approx. 25 minutes of your time.

Thank you for your collaboration.  

Prof. dr. Tomaž Deželan, University of Ljubljana (tomaz.dezelan@fdv.uni-lj.si)
Lana Pasic, EU-CoE Youth Partnership (Lana.Pasic@partnership-eu.coe.int)


Data confidentiality: all information acquired by this survey is considered confidential and thus protected in line with data protection standards. Results will be presented either in aggregate form or appropriately anonymised in order to prevent identification of an individual respondent organisation. 

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