Network-based Development of Youth Work Statistics and Key Characteristics (2013-2015)Researchers: Anu Gretschel
Anu Gretschel works as a senior researcher in the Finnish Youth Research Network. She specialises in youth work evaluation and youth participation.
In 2020, Gretschel is working on three research projects:
"Young people not in education, employment nor training and their views of the future, democracy and public services – a Youth Barometer special sample" is funded by the Foundation for Municipal Development, the Regional State Administrative Agency for Southwestern Finland and the Prime Minister’s Office. The project is realised together with researcher Sami Myllyniemi. The project has succeeded in ascertaining what young people outside of work and training esteem to be ‘a good enough life’ and what kind of society they hope to build and live in. The results of this study will be ready by the end of 2020.
The 'Youth Wiki' is Europe's online encyclopaedia for national youth policies that rooted in Youth Strategy. It includes 26 countries, and Gretschel with the Finnish Youth Research Network is taking care of updating the information on Finland. The database was first published in December 2017 and will continue to be updated over the course of several years. In 2020, there will be a new chapter for Youth Work. Youth Wiki is funded by Erasmus+, and nationally by the Ministry of Education and Culture.
Taking the multifaceted evaluation tool into use developed for open youth work is an action-research-based project which is realised in co-operation with municipalities, non-governmental organisations and parishes mainly from the Southwestern Region of Finland but also with two non-governmental organisations offering web-based youth work services nation-wide. The idea is to take into use the evaluation model research base developed over the years and so that its functionality is tailored to fit all different types of youth work organisations so that open youth work in Finland can be now be kept up-to-date and become more responsive to the needs of young people. During the evaluation process, local decision-makers are also being systematically informed about how much resources ought to be directed into youth work. The project is funded by the Regional State Administrative Agency for Southwestern Finland.
Gretschel's research career started in 1996 in youth centres where young people were offered the opportunity to develop their living environment. Her doctoral thesis 'Municipality as an engagement arena for young people' (including an abstract in English) was published in 2002 at the University of Jyväskylä. Gretschel’s interest in youth participation, youth work, welfare policy, action research and public services evaluation has taken her to a variety of contexts from local / governmental to virtual / universal domains, and onto European-wide co-operation.
Recent publications concerning evaluation in youth work include:
1. Gretschel, Anu & Korhonen, Antti (2019) What the European co-operation teach us about the nature of tools used in evaluation of (open) international youth work. International Journal of Open Youth Work, Issue 3, 83-92.
2. Cooper, Sue & Gretschel, Anu (2018) Evaluating youth work in its contexts. Teoksessa Pam Alldred, Fin Cullen, Kathy Edwards and Dana Fusco (toim.) SAGE Handbook of Youth Work Practice. Lontoo: Sage, 608–622.
3. The Finnish, Slovenian and Estonian Youth Centres project co-funded by Erasmus+ 'Boost your possibilities!', see the final report from April 2017 'Studying the Impact of International Youth work.'
4. Guidelines for defining and evaluating the youth affairs sector (with Pirjo Junttila-Vitikka and Anne Puuronen)
5. 'Successful model for multidisciplinary work with young people - An evaluation of the impacts of the `Everyone goes to school project.' (with Noora Hästbacka). The latter two include an abstract in English.
Youth Participation has also been an important theme in Gretschel’s publications, such as 'Municipalities of children and young people' and 'Lessons in Democracy' (both in Finnish, edited with Tomi Kiilakoski) and an article in English: 'Whose arena the EU youth policy is?', (Young; republished several times, see e-version here. (with Sofia Laine).
Newest publications in English
Gretschel, Anu & Korhonen, Antti (2019) What the European co-operation teach us about the nature of tools used in evaluation of (open) international youth work. International Journal of Open Youth Work, Issue 3, 83-92.
Cooper, Sue & Gretschel, Anu (2018a) Evaluating youth work in its contexts. Teoksessa Pam Alldred, Fin Cullen, Kathy Edwards and Dana Fusco (toim.) SAGE Handbook of Youth Work Practice. Lontoo: Sage, 608–622.
Juha Nieminen & Anu Gretschel (2018b) The "Social" in Youth Work: Snapshots of Finnish Youth Work Policy and History. Teoksessa Howard Williamson, Tanya Basarab & Filip Cousseé (eds.) The History of Youth Work in Europe. Youth Work and Social Work. Connections, Disconnections and Reconnections – the Social Dimension of Youth Work, in History and Today. Volume 6. Youth Knowledge #23. . Council of Europe and European Commission, 95-107. https://pjp-eu.coe.int/en/web/youth-partnership/the-history-of-youth-work-volume-6
Gretschel, Anu (2017a) From Groups to a Network – Using the Speech Act Theory in the Development of CSYP Measures in Local Level in Finland. Teoksessa Magda Nico & Marti Taru & Dunja Potočnik & Andrei Salikau (eds.) Needles in haystacks. Finding a way forward for cross-sectoral youth policy. Partnership between the European Commission and the Council of Europe in the Field of Youth. Bruessel: Council of Europe Publishing, 119–127. https://pjp-eu.coe.int/en/web/youth-partnership/needles-in-haystacks
Anu Gretschel (Ed.) & Tina Cupar & Merle Linno & Tomi Kiilakoski & Noora Hästbacka & Antti Korhonen (2017) Studying the impact of international youth work – Towards developing an evaluation tool for youth centres. Helsinki: Finnish Youth Centres Association. Suomen nuorisokeskusyhdistyksen julkaisuja, 1/2017. Finnish Youth Research Society/Finnish Youth Research Network, Internet Publications 113. http://www.snk.fi/boost
Kiilakoski, Tomi & Gretschel, Anu (2014) Challenging Structured Participation Opportunities. In Perspectives on Youth: European Youth Partnership Series under the topic “2020 – what do YOU see.” Partnership between the European Commission and the Council of Europe in the field of youth. http://pjp-eu.coe.int/documents/1017981/7110731/Kiilakoski-Gretschel.pdf/32f2bbd6-5eef-480f-9ba8-d5e27d2efb57
Gretschel, Anu & Kiilakoski, Tomi & Laine, Sofia & Levamo, Tiina-Maria & Mäntylä, Niina & Raisio, Harri (2013) Report on New Ways of Youth Participation, Spesifically in Local and Regional Levels. In co-operation with The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe and Partnership between the European Commission and the Council of Europe in the field of youth or Finnish Youth Research Network. Helsinki: Nuorisotutkimusverkosto/-seura. http://www.nuorisotutkimusseura.fi/julkaisuja/youthparticipation_goodpractices.pdf (Available also in Russian).
Feldmann-Wojtachnia, Eva & Gretschel, Anu & Helmisaari, Vappu & Kiilakoski, Tomi & Matthies, Aila-Leena & Meinhold-Henschel, Sigrid & Roth, Roland & Tasanko, Pia (2010) Youth participation in Finland and Germany. Status analysis and data based recommendations. Finnish Youth Research Network, Bertelsmann Stiftung und Forschungsgruppe Jugend & Europa am CAP, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. http://www.nuorisotutkimusseura.fi/julkaisut/verkkojulkaisut (Available also in Russian)
Laine, Sofia & Gretschel, Anu (2009) Whose arena the EU youth policy is? Young participants’ involvement and influence in EU youth policy from their own points of view: Case of EU Presidency Youth Event in Hyvinkää, Finland. Young 17 (2), 191–215. Republished in Lynne Chisholm & Siyka Kovacheva & Maurizio Merico (eds.): European Youth Studies – Integrating research, policy and practice. Triangles Series, M.A. EYS Consortium, Innsbruck, 179-193. http://www.youthstudies.eu/files/maeys_reader_2012.pdf Republished in (2016) Tommi Hoikkala & Meri Karjalainen (eds.) Finnish Youth Research Anthology 1999-2014.
Boost Your Possibilities! – Youth Centres for Youth Mobility and Intercultural Learning: Impact of Internationality (2015–2017)Researchers: Anu Gretschel
Evaluation and Development of the “Everyone Goes to the School" -Way of Working (2015-2016)Researchers: Noora Hästbacka, Anu Gretschel
Youth Wiki (2015-2022)Researchers: Karla Malm, Anu Gretschel
The regional coordination of youth information and counselling services: a short research based review (2017)Researchers: Anu Gretschel
Young people not in education, employment nor training and their views of the future, democracy and public services – a Youth Barometer special sample (2017-2019)Researchers: Sami Myllyniemi, Anu Gretschel
ENRYP - European Network of Regional and Local Youth Platforms (2017-2019)Researchers: Tomi Kiilakoski, Anu Gretschel
Research-based review of the role of regional coordination of youth information and counselling (2017)Researchers: Anu Gretschel
Taking the multifaceted evaluation tool into use developed for open youth work (2018–2020)Researchers: Anu Gretschel
At the core of youth information and counselling services (2019)Researchers: Karla Malm, Anu Gretschel
Thoughts of NEET youth on the future, democracy and public services – additional sample of the Youth Barometer (2017–2020)Researchers: Sami Myllyniemi, Anu Gretschel