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Conducting youth-led research: Informing and influencing social policy

This accredited e-course aims to train anyone wishing to learn how to conduct youth-led qualitative research in order to inform and influence social policy. The e-course is particularly useful to young people as well as professionals working with them. It responds to Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), which puts an obligation on all public bodies to ascertain the views of young people and to take them into account in making decisions about services and activities for them.

The e-course is supported by a Training Handbook, and is the result of years of working with young people from all walks of life. The e-course forms part of the RJ4All Institute’s wider “Balancing Power Youth Programme” including its youth-led FRED campaign.

Successful completion will lead to CPD (Continuous Professional Development) Certification. Young people/ professionals who take the course and are also registered with one of our Erasmus+ funded projectsYouthPass Certification is also provided.

The e-course can be paused and completed in your own time. It takes approximately 9 non-stop hours to fully complete all modules and take the test (10 minutes). Additional reading material are also provided for further learning and research which take a lot more additional (optional hours).

Target Groups

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, you should be able to know:

  • What social policy is and how to inform and influence it.
  • What youth-led and user-led research is, and how to use it to collect evidence in social sciences including youth policy, crime, equalities and human rights.
  • How to conduct youth-led research using interviews focus groups and questionnaires.
  • How to analyse your qualitative data and transform them into arguments for informing and influencing social policy
  • How to present and write your research and arguments including being able to identify your methodology strengths and limitations.


This e-course is free for all young people/ professionals below the age of 25, or to any student. To receive complimentary registration, please email e-courses@rj4all.uk with either your student ID or proof of age.

For those who are not student or below 25, as a non-profit institute, RJ4All is pleased to offer this e-course at the subsidised cost of £15. This fee also includes the Training Handbook “Conducting youth-led research: Informing and influencing social policy” (RRP: £4.99). We use these funds to support our Balancing Power Youth Programme and we do not make any profit.

For purchasing multiple accounts, the following discounts are offered:

  • 1 account £30
  • 3 accounts 5%
  • 5 accounts 10%
  • 15 accounts 12%
  • 20 accounts or more 15%

For group purchases, please email RJ4All courses & publications e-courses@rj4all.uk or call +44(0)7955728951

Course Curriculum

  • Introduction
  • Baseline Questionnaire
  • Module 1: Youth-led research for social policy

    Introductory module into key definitions and the value of youth-led research

  • Module 2: Toolkit for carrying out youth-led qualitative research

    This module focuses on developing a better knowledge and the skills in carrying out youth-led qualitative research.

  • Module 3: Toolkit for conducting focus groups & in-depth interviews

    This toolkit module provides a guide on conducting qualitative interviews and focus groups

  • Module 4: Organising, analysing and presenting qualitative data

    This final module aims to support trainees in analysing, organising and presenting their qualitative data to inform and influence social policy

  • CPD test
  • Evaluation
  • Monitoring form
  • Further reading