Youth Participatory Research

Richard Chase recently posted a short blog post on the the wisdom of youth when it comes to evaluation measures. He advocates rightly for looking at assets of youth instead of deficits. When it comes to data, we know that too often the existing data is the “bad” stuff or the things that are not going right (days absent, suspensions, F’s) and not the assets (volunteerism, social skills, family attachment). We can use the risk and protective factor framework for guidance on how to better work with the strengths. He also advocates for use of Youth Involvement in Participatory Action Research (PAR) and shares this article. I am excited to read this and put the ideas into action with the work we do with youth serving efforts.

To read his article: The Wisdom of Youth by Richard Chase