Capturing the views and experiences of children and young people directly, rather than by proxy (through parents or professionals), is increasingly recognised as essential for research, evaluation and policy development. Drawing on the tutors’ extensive experience and expertise in this field, this long-running, and highly interactive, training has now been developed into an online course which, over two half days, provides an opportunity for participants to explore the ethical, methodological and practical considerations of doing research and evaluation with children and young people, both face-to-face and remotely, and consider how to apply this learning to their own work.
By the end of the workshop, participants will:
- Understand the policy, theoretical underpinnings and advantages of conducting primary research with children and young people
- Understand the key ethical and methodological considerations
- Be able to apply this learning to their own work and plan ethically and methodologically sound projects with children and young people
- Be more aware of, and equipped to meet, common challenges
- Common enablers and challenges likely to be encountered
- Additional ethical considerations when conducting research or evaluation with children and young people and applying these in real world situations
- Developing appropriate methods and tools, including creative, remote and participative* methods
(*Participative methods are only touched on briefly in this course, but are covered in much more depth in the ‘Public involvement in social research’ course by the same tutors.)
Who will benefit?
This course is designed for people with prior practical research/ evaluation experience, although not necessarily with children and young people, and who expect to manage and/or directly work on research or evaluation projects with children and young people.
The course will be delivered jointly by Berni Graham and Dr Louca Mai Brady, both senior researchers with extensive experience of conducting research and evaluation with children and young people. They have delivered this and other courses for the SRA since 2010. They are joint authors of Social Research with Children and Young People (2018). Both previously worked together as researchers at the National Children’s Bureau (NCB) Research Centre and in recent years have collaborated on research and evaluation projects for the NSPCC, Action for Children and NCB.
Dr Louca-Mai Brady is a Senior Research Fellow at UCL and independent researcher, trainer and facilitator with particular interests in participative and inclusive research methods, health research, and the involvement of children and young people in research. She is editor and co-author of: Embedding Young People's Participation in Health Services: New Approaches (2020), which is based on her doctoral research. (https://policy.bristoluniversitypress.co.uk/embedding-young-peoples-participation-in-health-services)
Berni Graham is an independent researcher, Evaluator and trainer, bringing 20 years’ experience of research and evaluation with children, young people and families, and typically exploring issues such as poverty, disability, the care system, school exclusions and child sexual abuse and exploitation. She is currently evaluating a Mencap Cymru project, which aims to raise awareness of the importance of relationships and friendships for people with learning disabilities, and recently evaluated an innovative early intervention programme to minimise behaviour that challenges among children with severe learning disabilities.
This course contributes 6 hours to the MRS CPD programme
n.b. This course runs over two consecutive days:
Part 1 - 6 October - 9.30 am to 1.30 pm
Part 2 - 7 October - 9.30 am to 1.30 pm