Peer-led evaluation success

IMG_8107bsm-230x154Four students from Farlingaye High School in Suffolk have completed a peer-led evaluation of the NORCAS young people’s drug and alcohol education programme. Working under the guidence of Ci over a period of 2 months the volunteers were responsible for designing methodology, conducting fieldwork, analysing evidence and presenting findings.

Speaking at the presentation of findings NORCAS Chief Executive said – “This is enormously useful to us. As well as gaining a unique perspective on the work we do, it gives us a kind of quality assurance which is increasingly important”.

“I have had an amazing time and it is a great opportunity that should defiantly be repeated” said Jordan, one of the Young Researchers

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Beyond Tokenism

ncb0011-230x329Ci was present for the London conference ‘Beyond Tokenism’ which launched the new NCB guide for research with Children and Young People.

It was exciting to see how much interest there was in our peer-led work. It seems we are one step ahead on the learning curve but there is so much more to learn. With children and young people forming more than 20% of our communities there is so much more to do to ensure their views are heard.

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Young researchers for drug and alcohol research

OBJECTIV-SUBJECTIVE-230x231Young volunteer researchers are needed in Suffolk and Norfolk to help evaluate a new drugs and alcohol education programme on behalf of a leading charity.

If you are aged 16 to 21 and have an interest in youth work, teaching, community work, social or health research you might be interested in this opportunity to help improve the effectivness of a new education programme to help young people take more informed decisions about drugs and alcohol.

We are looking for teams of 3 or 4 young people to accept the challenge of designing and delivering a peer-led evaluation study. We provide training, equipment and transport and over approximately12 hours  across 6 to 8 weeks you design your approach, conduct the fieldwork and present your findings.

If you want to know more see http://www.do-it.org.uk/oppdetails.do?id=1599717

Creative Engagement in Leeds

pla-conference2010-230x259The creative consultation methodology pioneered by Cultural Intelligence is to be the subject of a keynote presentation at a major national conference in Leeds, 20-22 October.

The Public Libraries Authority conference organised by CILIP will hear how Cultural Intelligence’s creative engagement consultation successfully researched the views and experience of hard to engage groups such as people with learning difficulties, people with physical disabilities, people with mental health issues, family carers, asylum seekers, refugees and older people.

A feature will also be published in the Public Libraries Journal in the Autumn and will be available here following the publication.

Creative consultation helps library transformation

Burynewlibrary300200-230x154The newly refreshed and refurbished library at Bury St Edmunds has opened for business to considerable acclaim.

Cultural Intelligence led a programme of creative public consultation which not only informed the design and layout of the library but has also influenced it’s book and media stock and the programme of activities that it offers.

Many of the young people who participated in the consultation have been invited to see the impact of their work at the official opening on 15 September