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YTT Research:


YTT’s Research Team is made up of renowned experts in their field, child-development psychologists, educational scientists, professors, pedagogists, GBV specialists and researchers from several Universities and Academic Institutions. It is led by the Educational Department of Roma Tre University and supported by the Division of Arts and Media at the University of the West of Scotland.

Research Locations:

Our programs have been researched in cooperation with dozens of local organisations and collaborating with thousands of marginalised populations, from 60+ nationalities, spanning ages 3 to 70, across nine countries and over forty sites.

Here is a selection of the principal locations:

France: La Cimade Refugee Centre, Massy. Stalingrad Street Refugee Camp, Paris. Cimade Béziers Refugee Shelter, Béziers. St. Denis Street Refugee Camp, Paris. Humanitarian Centre for Migrants, Paris. Petit Forêt Refugee Camp, Calais. Centre

Secours Catholique, Calais. Old Lidl Refugee Camp, Calais.

Greece: City Plaza Hotel Refugee Squat, Athens. Notara 26 Refugee Squat, Athens. Skaramagas Refugee Camp, Athens. Estia Refugee Shelter, Athens. Irida Refugee Shelter Athens. Samos Refugee Camp, Samos Island. Kara Tepe Refugee Camp, Lesbos Island. High-School Refugee Squat, Athens. Society For The Care of Minors, Center for Unaccompanied Minors, Athens.

Italy: Moi Refugee Squat, Turin. CAS Fiuggi Refugee Centre, Fiuggi.

Serbia: Adasevci Refugee Camp, Vojvodina. PIN Refugee Centre, Belgrade. Principovac Refugee Camp, Sid. Obrenovac Refugee Camp, Belgrade.

England: Sheffield Refugee Centre, Sheffield.

Romania: Bucharest Centre.

Portugal: CPR: Bobadela Center for Refugees, Lisbon.

Morocco: CCSM Offices, Rabat.

Bosnia & Herzegovina: AidBrigade Community Centre, Sarajevo and Ušivak Refugee Camp, Ušivak

Some of the locations where we have worked

(Part of the research in these sites was funded by Fondation Engie)

Evaluations & Tests in Public Schools:

The effectiveness of our Gender-Equality Education and GBV Prevention programs has been meticulously scrutinised through scientific evaluations conducted within the controlled environments of Public Schools. These assessments employ a rigorous combination of quantitative and qualitative evaluation processes, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of the programs' impact.

Italy: Over 600 schoolchildren across dozens of public schools participated in our program, alongside students from Morocco, Algeria, Lebanon, Chad, Tunisia, and Egypt through the PRIMED project. We also trained over 600 pre-service teachers. Our main program evaluation was led by Dr. Paola Perucchini, Dr. Fridanna Maricchiolo, Maria Gaetana Catalano (Roma Tre University), Dr. Giordana Szpuner, Dr. Guido Benvenuto, Sara Gabrielli (Sapienza University) involving 77 school-children divided into experimental and controlled groups. We investigated the reduction of explicit and implicit inter-ethnic prejudice and gender inequality. Prejudices were assessed through standardised tests, revealing a significant reduction in both explicit and implicit prejudice within the experimental group. This groundbreaking research underscores that YTT’s Gender-Equality Education and GBV Prevention program effectively tackles prejudice, inequality, and discrimination

YTT Research Elements Results

Bosnia & Herzegovina: The YTT Peace-Building Program was meticulously crafted by YTT's theatre expert, Dr. Henry Bell from the University of the West of Scotland. This specialised program was tailored for local partner, the War Childhood Museum. Trained educational specialists and facilitators now orchestrate this transformative initiative across numerous primary and secondary schools composing of the three principal constituent groups: Bosniaks, Croats, and Serbs. The program is strategically designed to foster peaceful coexistence by nurturing constructive personal and group relationships that transcend the boundaries of ethnicity, religion, class, and nationality.

U.K: We embarked on an innovative journey by introducing a theatre-centric rendition of our Gender-Equality Education and GBV Prevention program. This variant was meticulously tested on a cohort of over 250 adolescents from multiple schools, creating an immersive and engaging educational experience. Moreover, our collaborative efforts extended globally as we joined forces with the Madhya Pradesh police force from India. This partnership led us to collaborate with esteemed academic institutions like Sheffield Hallam University and Bournemouth University. Through these alliances, we fortified our commitment to fostering understanding, empathy, and knowledge in the realms of gender equality and the prevention of gender-based violence

Published Research, Studies and Awards:


YTT in collaboration with the Performance for Stage & Screen Department, was awarded First Place in the category of Shaping Futures at Sheffield Hallam University, Faculty of Development and Society Team Awards

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