Project Youth Euregional Scan (YES)

In 2000, 2006/2007 and 2013, euPrevent’s addiction programme carried out euregional youth surveys in the Euregion Meuse-Rhine (EMR). Thanks to these surveys, data from the EMR at regional and euregional level could be compared and used for policy-making. A further youth survey was carried out at the end of 2019. By 2020, (eu-)regional, anonymous data and trends on the health status of young people in the EMR would be available and accessible for everyone.

Project’s framework

  • Final target group: young people in the EMR
  • Duration: 17 September 2018 – 30 June 2019

Focus of the project

The project YES focused on:

  • digitising youth research and visualising data so that they become available to the general public,
  • developing a scenario for future studies (including roadmaps, training and information sharing templates for the regions, schools, young people and their parents),
  • applying the GDPR on the entire process of euregional data collection.

Euregional data exchange

Improving public health in the EMR requires health information at both regional and euregional levels. Knowledge about the health situation enables mutual learning within the EMR and forms the basis for targeted policies and actions. Data are needed to understand this health situation. There is much data available, but mainly at EU, national and regional level and not at euregional level. The data cannot simply be compared because they are collected in different ways and at different times in different countries and regions. In order to have useful and comparable euregional data on young people in the EMR, several public health institutes started to carry out euregional youth scans as early as 2001. These euregional scans were carried out at three moments, namely in 2001, 2006/2007 and 2013. Following this line of work, the partners carried out another euregional scan in the autumn of 2019.


Euregional youth surveys will continue to be carried out in the future. This was already taken into account when setting up the current research. The digitisation of the current process was carried out in such a way that future research will be easier. In addition, when processing the data, so-called templates were created that can also be used in the future. This way, information on the health of young people in the EMR will also be collected and made available in the future. By means of an online map, these data are easily accessible to both the general public and professionals working with young people.


Through a digitisation process, the method for carrying out an euregional survey is considerably improved. Whereas previous scans still used paper surveys, the surveys in 2019 were carried out completely digitally. This is more effective and efficient at user, cost and analysis levels. The digitisation process also includes the visualisation of the data obtained on an online map. This makes the data transparent to a wide audience: both the general public and professionals. By including a selection of the (subsequently) digitised (anonymised) data from the previous scans, the trends within the (eu-)region(s) will become visible. During the digitisation process, extra attention is paid to the new European legislation and regulations on data collection (GDPR). Clear agreements must be made and laid down on the collection, access, processing, use and publication of cross-border data.


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