9 July 2020

Join us via Zoom 13:00 - 14:00

Kids Rule OK ! Webinar

Tips and Pitfalls of engaging with children in evaluations


How do we make sure that children’s voices are heard in evaluation? Is it possible to give them an active role? Is it really necessary? Does it work in any context? Increasingly, evaluators are looking for ways to meaningfully engage children in their work. There are many approaches to involve children, ranging from research participants to peer-researchers, but also there is a real danger that their participation is tokenistic. In this webinar, we will consider the advantages and limitations of various forms of participation (consultation, collaboration, child-led), talk about ethics, provide some practical tips and tools, and share a few ‘not so glorious’ anecdotes of when things did not go so well.

Jessica is a Research Associate at the Policy Evaluation and Research Unit at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has over 10 years’ experience of research and evaluation projects in the fields of youth development and social policy. As part of her work for the European Commission, Jessica has set up Children and Youth Advisory Groups to actively engage children in the design of a complex research project. She was recently involved in several evaluations of programmes targeting young people leaving the care system in the UK, for the Department for Education and Nesta. Jessica previously worked for the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre. She holds a PhD in political science and sociology from the National University of Ireland, Galway and an MA in social sciences from the Sorbonne (France).

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