Learning to support national online youth led research

Stuart, Kaz ORCID logo ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7952-5779 and Terras, Deborah ORCID logo ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3237-4432 (2021) Learning to support national online youth led research. Social Publishing Foundation Knowledge Base .

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This project was intended to a) support a group of young people from across the UK to complete their own youth-led research and b) pilot and co-design a suite of resources to enable any practitioner and any young person to complete youth-led research or YPAR with minimal expense and inconvenience. Phase one was recruitment. Debbie Terras and Lydia Allen reached out through the National Youth Agency contacts in Regional Youth Work Units to invite young people to apply. Anyone aged 16-24 who was able to access the online sessions and materials was accepted onto the programme. Eleven young people applied, ten were accepted, and eight attended the sessions. Phase two of the project was the pilot research. The delivery team (Kaz, Debbie and Lydia) designed nine online sessions for the young people. These had to deliver some research training, support the young people’s decision making and progress through the research process, and accredit their work. The outcomes of this were two youth-authored reports, one on young people’s use of green space and the other on young people’s experience of learning in lockdown. Phase three of the project involved the young people in reviewing and re-designing the session plans and resources to better support all young people in the light of their experiences. Phase four was to develop a co-designed Young Researcher’s network resource and to make available, the materials, training and accreditation through the National Youth Agency, to practitioners and young people. We concluded that young people are able to not only conduct research, but also to design research training resources. We believe that youth-led research and design will enable more young people to become research active, contributing to a more socially just world for all.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Social Publishing Foundation Knowledge Base
Publisher: Social Publishing Foundation
Departments: Institute of Health > Social Work, Children and Families
Centre for Research in Health and Society (CRIHS)
Additional Information: Copyrighted by Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.
Depositing User: Kaz Stuart
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2021 12:36
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2024 12:45
URI: https://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/6195


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