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Walking or Talking Participation?

Evidencing the impact of direct participation with children and young people in the development of departmental policies, strategies, legislation and services

The overall aim of this study is to identify evidence of the impact of direct participation with children and young people in the development of departmental policies, strategies, legislation and services.

Key areas of enquiry on the development of policies, strategies, legislation and services include:

  • do departments have processes for dealing with input from children and young people? how do they record and use their views? do they give feedback? can they provide evidence that the views of children and young people have had an impact / led to change?
  • when a process is evident what are the enabling / supportive factors?
  • when it is not evident what barriers are in place?
  • what examples of good practice can be identified?