The Youth Engagement Index (YEI) is a collaborative method to analyse in a consensual manner the participation of young people (18-34 years of age) in city affairs where they live.
The method combines a series of quantitative and qualitative elements
in collaboration with local actors. The three spheres analysed look at the economic, politic-institutional and civic-cultural aspects.
The research takes place in three phases: evaluation (workshop), validation (through case studies and questionnaires) and knowledge exchange in terms of policy formulation and practice.
The method was launched at the World Urban Forum 7 in April 2014
and workshops have been organized so far in Valencia (Spain), Medellin (Colombia), Bucharest (Romania) and London (UK).
Workshops are organized in different cities, applying the methodology across as many geographies, economic and political systems as possible.
Participants from relevant local institutions and organizations, are asked to evaluate from 1 (critical) to 9 (vibrant) the economic, politic-institutional and civic-cultural aspects of the participation in their cities.
Wider questions that are addressed during the workshops relate to the concept of city for life for the young, what makes young people feel part or feel disconnected from their urban communities, what is the added value of young people’s involvement and how can urban leaders encourage the young to invest hope and energy in their urban future.
Index - YEI
Concept by URBEGO
Giulia Maci, urban planner, Copenhagen
Ramon Marrades, economist, Valencia
Filipa Pajevic, economist, Montreal
Olivier Woeffray, sociologist, Geneva
Simona Dobrescu, economist, London
United Nations Global Compact
IFHP International Federation for Housing and Planning
Where it has been applied
Medellin, Colombia 2014
Bucharest, Romania 2014
Valencia, Spain 2014
London, UK 2014
Quito, Equador 2015
Porto Alegre, Brazil 2015
Sydney, Australia 2016
University of Valencia
Un Habitat - World Urban Forum 7
Uniunea Arhitectilor din Romania
Asociatia Profesionala a Urbanistilor din Romania
Ion Mincu University
UCL Urban Lab
100 Resilient Cities
Biennale Spazio Pubblico
Western Sydney University
PUCRS Porto Alegre