Young People’s Research and Policy
Engaging young people in research is one of our programme priority areas. Too often young people are not given a voice about the decisions which have a direct implication on their lives. At Equal Vision, we deliver projects that aim to overcome this problem in a non-tokenistic way. We provide opportunities for young people to learn new skills in the area of research and policy and use these skills to address issues and challenges which are relevant to them.
Youth in2 Research
In 2020 we finished the delivery of our ‘Youth in2 Research’ project funded by Awards for All of the National Lottery.
Despite a number of hurdles, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the project proved to be a success. We teamed up with academics from the University of Nottingham to as the project provided young people with clear opportunities to gain new skills in a variety of areas relating to research and policy development.
Youth in2 Research also offered an opportunity for the participants to have their voices heard by bringing people together to build strong relationships across communities. During group discussions, we explored a number of community concerns relating to cohesion and examined conventional and non-mainstream approaches to mitigating tensions. These are featured in our forthcoming report looking at these issues.
In 2016-2017 we delivered our first funded project. Phase One of the project offered young people two days of community activism training to highlight their key interests and concerns. This session facilitated discussion to gain a better understanding of issues young people express across different areas, showing the importance of the criminal justice system (policing), health (mental health) and education (schooling).
Phase two of the project built upon this by delivering five days of training focused on research design, methods and ethics. This allowed young people to carry out their own research into an area of interest to them, that was identified in phase One. After the data was collected a further two days of training was provided showing the young people how to carry out data analysis and how to present research findings.
The final phase of the project participants received three half days of training about how they can actively use the research findings. This involved identifying key stakeholders and local authority decision-makers were they can actively represent the issues they documented.