Guidelines for Youth Engagement: An Environmental Scan of Youth Engagement Policies in Canada and Internationally
September 27, 2016
This report was published by Our Kids Network. HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS REPORT:Developing a youth engagement policy for Our Kids Network (OKN) can help to embed youth voices in OKN activities. The purpose of this youth engagement environmental scan is to inform the development of a youth engagement policy for Our Kids Network. Its aim is to help practitioners understand how comparable organizations infuse youth participation into their governance structures and activities.The following questions were investigated to address this objective: What organizations (government and non-...
July 27, 2016
This report was published by YouthPolicy.org. HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS REPORT:“Youth” is everywhere right now. With the massive growth in the number of structures, policies and focus on youth, alongside street protests in cities across the world, young people’s participation and activism is in the spotlight. This paper explores academic literature and recent publications and considers the relevance of traditional participation models and theories at a time where young people have the ability to be heard and realise change in a way that bypasses formal organisations. Particular...
May 11, 2016
This report was published by the Assets Coming Together for Youth Project at York University. HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS REPORT:This guide was produced as a practical tool for the ACT for Youth project. It contains summaries of articles on research that has engaged with youth as active participants, and focuses on elements that could be useful for the ACT for Youth project. The Assets Coming Together for Youth Project (ACT for Youth) is a five year community-university research partnership that is focused on developing a comprehensive youth strategy that will outline how urban...
April 14, 2016
This factsheet was created by Youth Research and Evaluation eXchange Evaluation is always better when stakeholders are engaged in the process. In youth work, who has more at stake in the outcomes than youth themselves? Meaningful youth involvement in research and evaluation can support the outcomes that the youth sector is working to achieve. Youth engagement improves the overall quality of evaluation and benefits the wider community as a whole. Evaluation does not have to get in the way of good youth work.
April 13, 2016
Including youth in the evaluation process can enhance the quality of the inquiry and be empowering for the participants, but it is not without challenges. In this article, several principles for youth-involved research and evaluation are outlined. These come from those who are pioneering this approach and from current research on the dilemmas of practice encountered by youth program leaders. These guidelines, along with the American Evaluation Association’s Guiding Principles, are then applied to a case example to consider how to avoid associated ethical challenges.