Evaluating Young People’s Engagement and Participation in Creating Public Identities

Shukra, Kalbir; Ball, Malcolm and Brown, Katy. 2019. Evaluating Young People’s Engagement and Participation in Creating Public Identities. International Journal of Open Youth Work, 3, pp. 12-29. ISSN 2514-1813 [Article]

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This article outlines the evaluation methodology deployed in a multistranded, long running youth democracy programme in London. Based on field research conducted 2012-2018 in collaboration with the staff responsible for the programme, the article shows how a broad exploration of young people’s experience of the programme spiralled into a pursuit of answers to questions arising from the data and from practice. We argue that a richer understanding of how young people constructed and expressed public identities in Lewisham Young Mayor Programme was gained than conventional impact evaluations in youth and community work would have allowed. We found that an ethos of informal work engaging young people within the formal structure allowed young people from a wide range of backgrounds to include their way of being into their engagements with peers and adults.

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youth participation, civic engagement, youth vote, youth identities, evaluating youth work

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Social, Therapeutic & Community Engagement (STaCS)


13 September 2019Published
20 August 2019Accepted

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10 Oct 2019 13:41

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10 Dec 2020 12:41

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