Our challenge

The way we run research sessions makes a huge difference to the quality of data we gather. If young people don’t feel comfortable in a session they may not have the confidence to speak honestly about their needs.

Session guides aren’t always helpful. They can be so long and detailed that the moderator risks losing track of where they are. They also tend to rely on question-and-answer data collection, which we know doesn’t work well with young people

Our solution

cartoon drawing of young person with speech balloons

Based on feedback from young people and moderators, we developed a session guide template for researchers working with children and young people. 

We designed the template to support consistent, ethical session design: well structured, well timed, well planned, and including key points like consent confirmation.

Using the template

The format is simple, visual and usable - so moderators can run their session with confidence and put more focus on the young people, not the tasks.

It’s also easily adaptable to suit the aims and audience of any research session, enabling moderators to include child-centred, engaging exercises.

Next steps

We’re acting on feedback from colleagues using the template so we can make it even more useful.