Children and Participation: Research, monitoring and evaluation with children and young people

This provides an overview of good practice when involving children in research and evaluation, including a rationale for doing this, ethical issues to address and possible tools to use.


  • Good practice and ethics
  • Introduction
  • Why involve children in research and evaluation
  • When is children and young people's participation appropriate?
  • Participation in different stages of research, monitoring and evaluation
  • Ethics
  • Child protection
  • Tackling diversity sensitively
  • Working with disabled children and young people
  • Including the perspectives of very young children
  • Methods and Tools
  • Different research methods available
  • Involving children and young people in different parts of the research process
  • Training young people as researchers
  • Dissemination
  • Evaluating the research
  • Carrying out participatory monitoring and evaluation with children and young people
  • Planning and setting indicators
  • Choosing methods
  • Training the evaluators
  • Documenting and sharing
  • Reflecting on the process
  • Sources of information
  • Core texts on participatory research with children
  • Core texts on participatory monitoring and evaluation
  • General texts on participatory work with children
  • General texts on participation
  • Other texts on research with children
  • Internet sites
  • Appendix 1: Ethical codes of conduct


Wilkinson, J. (2000) Children and Participation: Research, monitoring and evaluation with children and young people. Save the Children. Retrieved from

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