In the past few weeks, INOVA+ has been selecting a group of young people, between 21 and 25 years-old, mainly from Psychology and Criminology areas, who are willing to be part of the Youth Empowerment Innovation Project, as voluntary researchers.
The one-day training, based on the methodology developed by IARS, the project coordinator (UK), provided useful insight on technics of qualitative research to the participants.

After a brief presentation of the project and of the partners involved, the trainers made introductory remarks on qualitative research, and the values of youth-led policy research. The concepts exposed followed the philosophy of the project: young people in the frontline of the investigation, using their energy and skills to participate in the process of building a YEIP preventive model for other young people to benefit from.

Based on theoretical concepts, the training then focused on the tools that young researchers need to acquire to be able to lead solid qualitative research, their particularities and goals, but also the ethical dimensions that will have to be taken into account in the project, dealing with minors in a school context.
The afternoon was dedicated to the practical application of these concepts, particularly relating to the conduction of focus groups and interviews, as activities that will be implemented in the YEIP framework. Together, the young researchers started to design the format and questions they want to ask to the students in order to understand better the factors that can lead a young person to radicalize or marginalize, and which preventive tool would be more effective to tackle such risks. Themes related to identity, values, aspirations, but also weight of economic and social contexts will be approached.

The next step of the project will consist in recruiting two more people to integrate the team (interested young people can find more information here), and to organise and implement the research activities in schools.
The data collected through this phase will be analysed and compiled by the young researchers themselves, with the support of INOVA+. Their conclusions and recommendations will be integrated in a report that the coordinator will gather with other national findings (seven countries are partners of the project), in order to design an effective YEIP preventive model. The results of this second phase will be published in the project website, as were the findings of the first ones on the national state-of-arts of the prevention of marginalization of young people at risk.

For more information about this project, please contact Mrs. Aurélie Delater, Project Manager at INOVA+: aurelie.delater@inovamais.pt.

YEIP is developed in response to the Call for proposals EACEA No 34/2015 Key Action 3: Support for policy reform – Initiatives for policy innovation – [European policy experimentations in the fields of Education, Training and Youth led by high-level public authorities]. The project is co-funded under Erasmus+ Grant Agreement N° 2016-2927 /9.