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Explore

'Explore' is a Toolkit for involving young people as researchers in sexual and reproductive health and rights programmes.

The toolkit  includes guidelines to create conditions for successful youth participation in research and enhancing the effectiveness of youth SRHR programmes, as well as 3 types of manuals to train and support young people to conduct qualitative data collection for research and monitoring and evaluation.

The toolkit consists of:

  1. Toolkit instructions ( pdf, 2 MB) and case studies: Guidelines to create conditions for successful youth participation in research and enhancing the effectiveness of youth SRHR programmes.
  2. The training manuals: Three types of manuals to train and support young people to conduct qualitative research:
  • PEER review handbook (pdf, 2.8 MB)
  • Monitoring and evaluation and research in SRHR programmes for young people: Training manual (M&E&R training manual)  (pdf, 3 MB) and Handbook (pdf, 2.5 MB)
  • Manual  (pdf, 2.5 MB) for training young people as researchers (Research training manual). 

 

Cover Explore

The publication contains the toolkit instructions and explains how to use the training manuals to compose your own specific training programme and for instructions on how to conduct an effective, youth-friendly training and how to support the young researcher during the research project.

Who is this toolkit for?

We hope this toolkit will be useful for those who want to involve young people in monitoring and evaluation, in needs assessments, rapid appraisals, explorative studies, PEER reviews, operations research, action research and in-depth research. This toolkit is aimed at researchers, monitoring and evaluation officers, and project staff who want to increase the effectiveness and sustainability of their youth programmes. It is designed to support organizations in their efforts to involve young people in crucial parts of their programmes. The toolkit offers a step-by-step guide to train and support young people aged between 15 and 24 to conduct qualitative research (collecting narrative information on what, when, where, why, who and how) about matters that affect them, including the progress and benefits of projects that target them.

Suited for use in other fields

This toolkit specifically focuses on sexual and reproductive health and rights, but the examples and concepts can be replaced by other topics relevant for your particular field, research or organisation. Similarly, although this toolkit focuses on youth participation, the same principles can be applied to participation by different target audiences and age groups.

Explore was developed and published by Rutgers and IPPF.