project was concerned with the question of what it may mean to widen employment
choices and empowerment opportunities for unemployed young adults in the
rapidly changing conditions of a ‘globalising’ labour market.
approach was adopted, involving professionals, programme developers, policy
makers, and young adults. Methods included focus groups, diverse consultation
processes, individual and group interviews, participant observation,
conversational inquiry, and video.
research was especially focused on in depth case
studies. Each cycle of research, including the case studies,
was guided by key concepts/ themes and contradictions
that had emerged from previous cycles of research. There was much variation
across the teams in the range of ethnographic, qualitative, biographical
and collaborative inquiry research approaches and methods applied.
The use of an emergent design approach, and ongoing ‘within country’ data
collection and analysis was further strengthened and enhanced by rigorous
co-inquiry across the full European team on a regular basis throughout
the project. Workshops helped to keep insights on the ground contextualised,
yet simultaneously connected to a more multi-layered systemic and cross-European
results of collaborative research included comparative studies.
(Wildemeersch et al., 2000, pp. 1-12)