Where are you going with that?’ : Maximising Young People’s Impact On Organisational & Public Policy
In addition to looking at young people’s perceptions, AYAC takes an important step forward in looking critically at youth participation practices by attempting to identify barriers that prevent young people’s impact on policy and how organisations can evolve to be more open to young people’s views.
AYAC’s research found that much of the work previously undertaken in relation to youth participation both in Australia and globally focuses primarily on clearly articulating what effective participation looks like. This manifests itself in a wealth of literature and toolkits available to assist youth participation practitioners to design and implement strategies that have a greater ability to engage wider and more representative groups of young people in decision making.
Despite the strong emphasis on utilising effective practice, there is little evidence readily available to suggest that young people’s views are making a measurable difference both in the organisations they are engaged with or on wider public policy issues.
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