Anu Gretschel

Anu Gretschel

Senior Researcher

Ph.D.

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Introduction

I work as a senior researcher in the Finnish Youth Research Network. I strive to develop concern for youth of the society as much as possible with action-oriented research. There is often a gap between what the services geared towards the youth are giving young people and what kinds of needs young people actually have. Development of these services is possible to realise in co-operation with young people and people working with them. Decision-makers are also often included in these discussions because they have the final-say in representative democracy. Action-oriented research processes often stipulate the interaction between participatory and representative democracy.

In 2021, I’m working on several research projects. Taking the multifaceted evaluation tool into use developed for open youth work is an action-research-based project as described above. It 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 evaluation cycle consists of four different focal points such as the utilisation rate of the service, young people’s satisfaction with the service and equality mapping. During the evaluation process, local decision-makers are also being systematically informed about how many resources ought to be directed into youth work. The project is funded by the Regional State Administrative Agency for Southwestern Finland.

At the beginning of the year, I participated in writing background material for youth workers related to the joy and challenges young people meet during the process of becoming independent.  The idea is to support the knowhow youth workers have in talking with young people: they know how to positively recognise young people and the world they live in. The material is published by Kanuuna, which is one of the centres of expertise for youth work nominated by the Ministry of Education and Culture.

Late spring is busy with gathering what has been done in Democracy and Human rights regarding education over the last five years and in which areas there are needs for development. Finland is a multilingual country, and this project works also with Swedish, Northern Sami and sign language. The project is realised in co-operation with the National Youth Council Allianssi and Koordinaatti, which has a role in three different centres of expertise for youth work. The project is contracted by the Ministry of Justice.

The responsibility of writing and updating 'Youth Wiki' chapters on Finland has given continuity to my working processes for several years now. Youth Wiki is Europe's online encyclopaedia for national youth policies that are rooted in EU Youth Strategy. Nowadays, the database includes 33 European countries and ten different thematic chapters for each. Youth Wiki is funded by EU Erasmus+, and nationally by the Ministry of Education and Culture.

Recent publications in English:

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.

Researcher profile in Finnish

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Newest publications in English

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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

Older ones 

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.

 

  

 

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