NEWS21 March 2023

Call for evidence launched to inform youth policy

News Trends UK Youth

UK – The Institute for Community Studies has announced a call for evidence to help shape policy recommendations to support young people, as part of a two-year civic journey programme. 

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The Young Foundation’s Institute for Community Studies works with government departments, public and third sector bodies, and community organisations, and leads a programme of participatory research with young people around the UK.

The call for evidence, open until 30th April 2023, relates to experiences with and for 16- to 30-year-olds, but evidence may embrace or reflect on experiences from their earlier childhood. 

The civic journey programme, led by young people, is focused on exploring three areas: educational provision, volunteering or social action, and more formal political participation.

The call for evidence seeks to deepen understanding of existing systems, stress-test the civic journey concept, and build a group of partners to refine and develop a renewed civic journey.

Emily Morrison, head of the Institute for Community Studies, said: “The question of how we, as a society, can nurture future generations to reach their full potential has practical implications concerning the need for system-wide and ‘joined-up’ thinking. These must be explored to create equality of opportunity, drive economic growth, and shape a more positive and inclusive national culture.

“The civic journey programme provides an opportunity for fresh thinking and fresh starts, and we welcome submissions of evidence to inform robust policy proposals.”