Youth voice for sustainable democracy

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This is an open planning page to make democracy work for us. Don't dismiss us just because we are young. It's our future!

We should build on open government, sustainable development goals and young people. See the EventsBrief for our summer 2017 events.

Please edit this page with your ambitions and ideas.

Erasmus plus applications - to British Council[edit | edit source]

A-C: Project Details[edit | edit source]

We are currently exploring how we might build on the work of the Open Government Pioneers Project over the coming year through Erasmus. This is the open planning page for engagement activity to support people who might face barriers as young people getting involved in using open government approaches to influence the decisions that affect them. Please edit this page with your ambitions and ideas.

STATUS: We have submitted Youth Voice in Open Democracy and are on hold for funding on this one. We are now planning Youth Voice for Sustainable Democracy with you.

Project Title Youth Voice in Open Democracy (OLD BID) Youth Voice for Sustainable Democracy
Project Acronym YVOD YVSD
Project Start date 1st October 2017 5th February 2018
Project Total Duration The project will last for 15 months. Oct 2017 to Dec 2018 This project will last for 17 months. Feb 2018 to July 2019.
Project End date 1st January 2018 4th August 2019
Applicant Organisations Full Legal Name Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

D: Description of the project[edit | edit source]

Why do we want to carry out this project?[edit | edit source]

From low wages and a lack of housing to food insecurity and poor health, we are a long way from being the society we would like to be. But we should live in a place where people can satisfy their basic needs and enjoy a good quality of life without compromising future generations to come.

Open Government - a mechanism for change

Governments alone cannot solve the problems of today, yet conventional approaches to decision making and policy design means that much of the power still sits in government. This imbalance between elected politicians and technocrats and the people they serve limits our abilities to find the right solutions to ensure people’s needs are identified and met.

More transparent, accountable and participative government is key to reinvigorating democracy in Scotland. By acting openly, with integrity and with the people, governments can play their part in the much needed shift towards co-produced policy design where real transformational change is most likely to occur.

Our ambition is to secure youth voice in a sustainable and open democracy. We don't want youth to be a barrier, we want young people to be taken seriously in discussions about decisions that affect people. We want to ensure a frank and honest sharing of perspectives on how young people can get a greater voice in their democracy within the enabling framework of the Sustainable Development Goals. We also want to ensure these ideas are shared and discussed between young people in Scotland and other countries.

Sustainable Development Goals - a framework for change

In 2015, Scotland became one of the first countries to sign up to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These 17 goals are as close as the world has come to agreeing a strategy to achieve prosperity and equality on a planet that works for all.

Scotland is required to demonstrate its work to achieve the goals. Civil society and citizens across Scotland can use the SDGs and the political commitment from the Scottish Government as leverage to achieve real change at a national and local level.

The goals also provide a framework to begin community focused conversations about what matters to people, including young people. They can help us engage in constructive conversations about the local relevance of the 17 goals, better understanding what is particularly important across different communities and what the priorities of government should be.

Fitting the two together

Through using the SDGs as the framework to engage community stakeholders and residents to understand the issues that people care about most, we can begin to collaboratively problem solve how government must work to bring about change.

Not only will this approach help us to understand what Scotland’s priorities should be in order to progress towards the goals, it gives citizens the space to understand the barriers in their way, from disempowerment or a lack of communication, to rigid structures and diminished resources. It also gives people a voice over how government and public services should work.

Scotland's place in all this

Significantly, both the Open Government and SDG agendas have political buy-in by Scottish politicians of all the major parties. This presents a unique opportunity to further legitimise the presence of young people and their communities in decision making and policy design.

In May 2016 Scotland was announced as one of 15 ‘sub-national’ governments and civil society partnerships worldwide to be part of a pioneer programme to take the principles of open government to levels of governance closer to citizens’ everyday interests.

In 2015, the First Minister pledged that Scotland would lead the way to deliver a more equal, more just world. In signing Scotland up to the Sustainable Development Goals, the Scottish Government made a bold statement of intent not just to the people of Scotland but to the world. The goals have since become a key element of the Global Citizenship strand of Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence.

Scotland'a ambitions are currently being captured and developed at globalgoals.scot

Objectives

We have developed a loose structure for the project, but Open Government is not about telling people what to think and do, it’s about asking the right questions to ensure real progress can be made. If successful, we will use a co-design approach throughout the whole project including developing appropriate objectives. At this point, our objectives are:

Desired Objectives
1)     To raise awareness of what open government means to young people, and how it can help to tackle complex problems
2)     To develop the capacity of young people to influence reforms in the pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals
3)     To localise the sustainable development goals and make these relevant to young people
4)     To capture the ideas of young people to ensure the presence of youth voice and communities in policy making

Participating Organisations[edit | edit source]

SCVO has developed this application openly using a wiki-based collaborative platform, which was opened up widely to the all those registered on the Open Government UK forums, and through partner channels. SCVO shared openly information about our plans through the wiki platform to ensure that all those involved in the bid, in every partner organisation and at every level, including engaged citizens, could see how the bid was developing. We secured our partners through this open approach. To view the wiki visit https:/ /opengovpioneers.miraheze.org/wiki/Y outh_ voice_in_open_democracy 

SCVO currently host the Open Government Pioneers Project, set up to build the capacity of citizens and civil society across the United Kingdom to contribute and input to policy-making and service delivery in progressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). At the heart of the Open Government Pioneers initiative is growing the movement of people that want to actively participate in their governments in Scotland. Under the umbrella of the Pioneers Project, SCVO is looking to develop a capacity building module to enable young people to come together through their schools and with civil society organisations in order to develop their skill set to influence change. 

Using a co-design approach with young people was a vital requirement for us, and Young Scot's highly regarded expertise in the codesign process will enable this project to explore, create, reflect and recommend solutions developed alongside young people. Young Scot use a range of learning methods throughout the process, from idea jams to youth investigation teams, to ensure young people are the experts of their own lives. Young Scot will facilitate the process with their Youth Engagement Officers to deliver a highly participative approach. 

Organisation Contribution
Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations Applicant organisation

Helping to secure funding Making connections with open government and global goals agendas

Project Scotland Helping to secure partners

Delivery support

IDEAS (International Development Education Association Scotland) Help secure partners

Experience of raising SDG awareness in both formal academic and community sectors through

Teacher CPD and events/workshops for young people

Delivery support

Young Scot Involved in all key milestones

Supporting the facilitation and engagement with young people, using a co-design approach across all stages of the initiative.

What are the most relevant topics addressed by this project? [edit | edit source]

  • Social dialogue 
  • Youth (Participation, Youth Work, Youth Policy) 
  • Reaching the policy level/dialogue with decision makers 

Participants Profile[edit | edit source]

Participants will be aged between 16-24, and we'll strive to strike a good diverse balance of young people from across Scotland communities- including Gender, Ethnicity and Social Background. We will also ensure representation from EU National young people now residing in Scotland. 

Project Scotland works with hundreds of young people every year, and will initially reach out to it's diverse range of young people to fulfil this brief. Via Young Scot and other youth partners including Youth link and the Scottish Youth Parliament, further reach can easily be gained if some groups are underrepresented in the initial call for participants. 

INSERT MORE DETAILS ON RECRUITMENT (PAUL REDDISH)[edit | edit source]

  • HOW WILL PARTICIPANTS BE SELECTED?
  • WHY ARE THESE MOST SUITABLE PARTICIPANTS?
  • HOW IS THIS A FAIR PROCESS?
Audience Number to engage Activities Notes
Youth pioneers 30 (selected by Project Scotland applicants) In-depth engagement over course of project Based on tested methodology used by partner organisations to recruit young people as a cohort of youth pioneers for the in-depth engagement activities.
Young people 100 (YoungScot and Project Scotland beneficiaries) Gathering voluntary sector conference We also envisage that an additional 70 young people will join us for the second day of the Gathering in order for our selected 30 participants to link up to other young people taking part in similar discussions across Scotland. This is to ensure that a conversation exists across all of our outreach to develop a fuller picture, and that different groups are not kept in boxes.
Partners 230 members of Open Government Network

50 members of Sustainable Development Goals Network

Advisory input, support and buy-in, publicity
General public 3000 Social media, Mainstream media, TV, Globalgoals.scot website - case study and discussions

Learning Outcomes[edit | edit source]

We will be using the Participative Democracy Certificate, an award that recognises young people's involvement in decision making processes. This constitutes 20 hours and is worth 2 credits at SCQF level 5. It is £12 plus vat for each young person which helps with sustainability and growth of the awards.

Programme Requirements:

The programme of activity should contain the following components

  • 4 hours of research undertaken independently by each young person (this could be speaking to other young people in the area about needs, community profiling etc. They would then do a presentation on findings but it could be delivered to the rest of the group)
  • 6 hours of training on specific skills such as communication, setting ground rules, decision making, working in groups,
  • 8 hours of recorded decision making meetings
  • 2 hours of reflection by young people

Portfolio of Evidence:

Each of the 30 youth pioneers will develop a portfolio which should include 6 key sources of evidence

The young person's presentation on research findings

  1. The Individual Observation Report for Task 1
  2. The Individual Observation Report for Task 2
  3. A record or minutes of meetings demonstrating their engagement in decision making processes
  4. A Support Worker’s Observation Report validating the Participants  involvement in the decision making meetings and reflecting on their development
  5. The participant’s reflective journal/diary

Wider impact

Key to this programme is securing wider impact from the learning experiences of the 30 core youth pioneers.

Therefore, the portfolio of evidence will be made available to other young people, subject to the young person's consent, and a sensitivity check of the content, and we will seek their feedback and reflections.

Evaluation

The project team will self-evaluate the success of the project every six months, and produce an interim self-evaluation report at the mid-point in December 2018.

The project team will commission an independent evaluation of the project with access to the project participants; youth pioneers (30), young people (100), project partners, wider open government and sustainable development goals networks.

The reports from these activities will be publicly shared to encourage learning and discussion and presented in an accessible and engaging format.

Preparation[edit | edit source]

Embedding in existing activity[edit | edit source]

SCVO currently host the Open Government Pioneers Project, set up to build the capacity of citizens and civil society across the United Kingdom to contribute and input to policy-making and service delivery in progressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), in partnership with the Wales Council for Voluntary Organisations (WCVA), Involve, and Northern Ireland Environment Link, has been awarded a £500k Big Lottery Fund grant to work together over two years to support people to engage and challenge their governments to serve them better. There will be a particular focus in supporting people who are not normally heard in the decisions that affect them, and the connection between citizens and devolved governments of the UK home nations. The project is formally linked to the international Open Government Partnership, where governments and civil society have been given an equal say in the commitments made by 70 countries to be more open. It will use open government commitments to help people secure progress towards the SDGs to eradicate poverty, tackle inequality and sustain natural resources at home and abroad.

At the heart of the Open Government Pioneers initiative is growing the movement of people and organisations that want to actively participate in their governments at Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland levels. The focus for the project is securing government actions and commitments at the devolved UK nation level, using the Sustainable Development Goals as a shared framework for progress and strengthening the role of civil society as a key stakeholder, and conduit for citizens, in open governance reform and sustainable development

We are using a mix of seminars, webinars, meetups, online digital platforms and crowdsourcing policy analysis to achieve these aims. It is a new and innovative approach which will encourage and support new digital ways for people to come together openly in order to secure change from their governments.

There is a strong international dimension to this project, as the project aims to build on the global Pioneer status that Scotland has been given as part of the international Open Government Partnership. The project looks to make the most of the opportunity that an Open Government agenda provides to secure progress within the UK home nations towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals. On a practical level, the project will build bring together and skill up people who want to participate more directly in their government in the UK home nations. It will support the sharing of learning and practical ways of using open government approaches with people from other countries. And it will ensure that participation by citizens has a real influence on government policy at the UK devolved nation level.

As part of our outreach, we are holding a number of engagement events in Scotland, approximately 9 in total. We are first focusing our attention on equalities events, which will be facilitated by our equalities partners and take place in May-September 2017. In the first instance, our partners include Young Scot, Inclusion Scotland and CEMVO. Our partners will be supporting the facilitation and engagement with attendees at each event. Our work with Young Scot provides the starting point of securing youth voice in open democracy.

As part of the project, SCVO has also picked up a facilitator role of a group of stakeholders currently working around the SDGs established to with three broad aims:

  • Coordination: Space to share who's doing what and link folk together
  • Outreach: Work together to increase public awareness and engagement
  • Delivery and Scrutiny: Supporting the implementation in Scotland

Through these connections, we will be drawing on the work of others in these area to ensure that our work links up to what is happening across Scotland with young people and the SDGs. Our partners in the bid, IDEAS, are one of these connections and are working with organisations across Scotland to hold a series of youth events with schools as part of its Young Citizen Advocates initiative in the run-up to 2018's Year of Young People. These events will have a clear focus on young people having greater influence over political decisions that affect their lives, and findings will contribute to the wider evidence bank that is available to support our future youth events.

Partners Young Scot will be involved in all key milestones of the project, and their contribution would be to support the facilitation and engagement with young people, using a co-design approach across all stages of the initiative. The co-design approach can have a significantly positive impact on decision-making and policy-making, but young people will need to be involved as full collaborators and partners in the process, right through to implementation of solutions.

The Young Scot Co-design process enables young people and organisations to explore insights and experiences and develop ideas together:

1. Explore: Uncover issues through gathering insights and genuine experiences from young people.

2. Create: Generate ideas and co-create solutions with/by young people.

3. Reflect: Consider the future impact and sustainability of the ideas produced.

4. Recommend: Produce influential ideas/solutions with young people.

As an organisation, Young Scot are moving beyond traditional consultation methods, and will support the project to deliver outcomes, which are driven by co-design and co-production processes. Young Scot have developed an iterative menu of different methods which are holistic, flexible and accessible to suit a variety of strategic impacts and objectives. From idea jams, Youth Investigation Teams, experience mapping to conversation days and focus groups.

Practical Arrangements - MORE INFORMATION FROM RUCHIR AND PAUL REDDISH[edit | edit source]

Governance and preparatory meetings[edit | edit source]

In terms of governance, we will have:

  • A project board to oversee the overall project development and management
  • A delivery group to manage the programme day to day and month to month

Project Board

Made up of one representative from each partner organisation (SCVO, Project Scotland, Young Scot, IDEAS), two young people from Scottish Youth Parliament and a representative from British Council.

The board will ensure gender balance.

The Board will be chaired by SCVO's Deputy Chief Executive, and it will meet once a quarter via videoconference.

Secretariat functions, hosting Board meetings, will all be covered by SCVO's overall programme management.

The Board will be asked to consider and approve governing precepts, such as dispute resolution, and regularly review the development and issues arising from the risk register.

The Board will also have some Significant Others. The Significant Others will be involved consistently on the Board for the duration of the project, not in an ad hoc way. We want them to know the programme, for them to be thoughtful about it, for them to feel they have a vested interest in its evolution and success.

Delivery group

The Delivery Group will be led by an overall Project Director, hosted by SCVO, who will report directly to the Chair of the Project Board. The DG is made up of all the partner Project Managers, and SCVO's Project Director will lead on ‘chairing’ that Group. Programme Management Meetings will be scheduled twice monthly, and will take place digitally and in person.

The Chair of the Project Board, will then be briefed on the outcome of these meetings by the Project Director. A scheme of delegation will be agreed with the Board, to guide where the Chair can resolve issues and opportunities brought by the Delivery Group or where it is necessary to escalate it to a decision by the full board. Actions can be taken accordingly in a timely fashion. Templates for these guidelines are already in place for the Open Government Pioneers Project UK.

  • Travel and accommodation
  • Insurance
  • Protection of participants
  • Risks
  • Safeguarding minors

Activity[edit | edit source]

Partners in the project, Young Scot, will play a key role in supporting the facilitation and engagement with young people, using a co-design approach across all stages of the initiative. As an organisation, Young Scot have developed an iterative menu of different methods which are holistic, flexible and accessible to suit a variety of strategic impacts and objectives. From idea jams, Youth Investigation Teams, experience mapping to conversation days and focus groups.

Phases[edit | edit source]

Phase Youth voice in open democracy Youth voice for sustainable democracy
Set-up October 2017 - January 2018
  • Establishing governance
  • Working with Partners to develop co-design approach
  • Development of personal development approach for participants
  • Selection of participants and introductory work
Feb 2018 - May 2018
  • Establishing governance
  • Working with Partners to develop co-design approach, including a session specifically at the Gathering Feb 2018 Third Sector Conference. Using third sector networks that project partners have access to, we will secure 30-50 young people to participate in a Gathering workshop to think about the project within the context of wider challenges such as the Sustainable Development, Brexit and the Open Government Partnership.
  • Development of personal development approach for participants
  • Selection of participants and introductory work
Induction January - February 2018

Activity 1

  • Participants will attend an induction/welcome event and the full two days of the Gathering 2018 Third Sector Conference (Activity 2)

Activity 2

  • The Gathering will form part of the participants' induction and will include as series of training sessions on specific skills such as communication, setting ground rules, decision making, working in groups etc. to ensure participants are well positioned to participate in the programme.
  • Participants will each receive a personal development plan to monitor progress throughout the series
  • There will also be an opportunity for participants to engage with over 100 exhibitors, and a packed programme featuring more than 60 workshops, seminars and training sessions. Participants will be supported to meet with organisations and attend sessions relevant to the project.
  • We also envisage that an additional 70 young people will join us for the second day of the gathering in order for our selected 30 participants to link up to other young people taking part in similar discussions. This is to ensure that a conversation exists across all of our outreach to develop a fuller picture, and that different groups are not kept in boxes.
May - Jun 2018

Activity 1

  • Participants will attend an induction/welcome event
  • Session will review ongoing work around Scotland to develop Young Citizen Advocates on the Sustainable Development Goals, work led by our project partner IDEAS. This will enable links between the Youth Voice for Sustainable Democracy project with ongoing work.

Activity 2

  • Participants will each receive a personal development plan to monitor progress throughout the series
  • This will include a series of training sessions on specific skills such as communication, setting ground rules, decision making, working in groups, event planning etc. to ensure participants are well positioned to participate in the programme and can develop skills from their participation.
Exploration

March - April 2018

Activity 3

  • Using the expertise of our partners, this phase will uncover the issues through gathering insights and genuine experiences from young people
  • Independent research will then be conducted by the participants
  • Participants will deliver their findings to peers and explore these

July - August 2018

Activity 3

  • Using the expertise of our partners, this phase will uncover the issues through gathering insights and genuine experiences from young people
  • There will be a particular focus on participation in international webinars alongside young people and sustainable democracy activists in other countries.
  • Independent research will then be conducted by the participants
  • Participants will deliver their findings to peers and explore these
  • Project partners will self-evaluate on the induction and exploration stages of this project.
  • This phase will see continued engagement between young people and those working in the policy field through regular engagement in Scotland's Open Government Network and Sustainable Development Goals Network.
Co-creation May - July 2018

Activity 4

Participants will have selected one of three areas to discuss further with experts who will co-create solutions with participants. The topics of these sessions will be decided during phase three.

Sep - Nov 2018

Activity 4

Participants will have selected one of three areas to discuss further with experts who will co-create solutions with participants. The topics of these sessions will be decided during phase three.

Reflection September - November 2018

Activity 5

Participants will regroup post-summer holidays to reflect on the process so far and contribute their thoughts on the outputs from the Idea Jams. This will complement a small amount of preparatory work that will need to be undertaken by participants over the summer months.

Dec - Feb 2019

Activity 5

Participants will regroup online post-Dec holidays to reflect on the process so far and contribute their thoughts on the outputs from the Idea Jams. This will complement a small amount of preparatory work that will need to be undertaken by participants over the festive period months.

Activity 6

These thoughts will then be used to shape a wider conference event involving up to 100 young people plus a wider civil society audience at the Gathering Feb 2019 to reflect on the learnings and make recommendations building on this work.

Showcasing November - December 2018

Activity 6

Parliamentary event with MSPs

March - April 2019

Activity 7

Parliamentary event with MSPs

Evaluation Jan - May 2019

Recruitment of evaluator in Jan

Evaluation Feb to March

Report in early May 2019 with publication towards end of May, following comments on report from project participants.

Methodology[edit | edit source]

Activity 1
Name of event Induction event
Duration of event 1 Day
Number of participants 30
Travel Days TBC
Location of event TBC
Objectives From this event, we hope to:

First half day:

  • Induct all participants to the project and concepts
  • Provide a review ongoing work around Scotland to develop Young Citizen Advocates on the Sustainable Development Goals, work led by our project partner IDEAS. This will enable links between the Youth Voice for Sustainable Democracy project with ongoing work.
  • Provide a welcoming an informal environment for participants to engage with one another and team.
  • Outline next steps in relation to training and overall project.

Second half day:

  • Introduce participants to the type of conversations/work that they will be involved in - the process of explore, create, reflect and showcase. See below for example:

EXPLORE: Braindump

Young people split into groups. Ask each group select one of the SDGs and do a brain dump onto the roll of paper about the SDG they have chosen.

Cycle through this 4 times with 5 minute bursts on each SDG.

EXPLORE: Soapbox

Ask the YP to select an SDG card and speak as much as they can in the space of one minute about this SDG and why it is important to them.

EXPLORE: Barriers

Use the ISM (Individual, Social & Material) Tool to consider the potential issues for themselves and other young people engaging with the SDGs.

CREATE: 100 Ways to Squeeze a Lemon

Group into teams and asked each to select an SDG. Ask them to generate as many ways as possible that they or other young people could engage with their chosen SDG and overcome some of the barriers they have identified.

CREATE: Concept

Ask each group to choose one of their ideas to build and develop further. Provide vision and concept sheets to help them articulate how they would go about this.

SHOWCASE: Pitch back

Ask each group to present back their developed idea.

REFLECT: Group discussion

Discussion about the day and feedback

Activity 2
Name of event Residential - Personal Development
Time of event TBC
Duration of event 2 Days
Number of participants 30
Travel Days TBC
Location of event TBC
Objectives From this event, we hope to:
  • Develop a personal development plan and record for each participant to monitor and log progress
  • Deliver training sessions on specific skills required to participate in the project, such as communication, setting ground rules, decision making, working in groups, event planning etc. to ensure participants are well positioned to participate in the programme and can develop long term skills.
  • Begin initial discussions about the priorities of young people in society today
Activity 3
Name of event Exploring what matters - Open Space webinar series
Duration of event Series of 3 specific webinars & ongoing inclusion in Scotland's SDG Network and Scotland's Open Government Network
Number of participants 30
Travel Days TBC
Location of event TBC
Objectives 3 Specific Webinars:

From this event, we hope to

  • Build on preparation/research from participants
  • Provide an open space for participants to share their findings of the research they conducted
  • Encourage debate and dialogue amongst participants to discuss their research
  • Give participants the confidence to suggest and lead discussion topics based on their research
  • Provide a framework where participants can shape topics for discussion in an interactive format.

Ongoing engagement with SDG Scotland Network and Open Government Network

From this event, we hope to

  • Ensure young people are brought into spaces where policy discussions are already taking place
  • Provide experience of engaging in established policy meetings and ensure the youth voice is understood and captured
  • Prevent this Erasmus funded project from being siloed.
  • Develop links between young people and experts across Scotland's civil society and government sectors.
  • Ensure that youth participants understand the wider mobilisation activities taking place across Scotland that their involvement in this project will feed into.
Activity 4
Name of event Idea Jam A (Topic TBC) Idea Jam B (Topic TBC) Idea Jam C (Topic TBC)
Duration of event 1 Day
Number of participants 30
Travel Days TBC
Location of event Focus on webinars
Objectives From these events, we hope to:
  • Develop ideas and concepts to complex problems that matter to young people under the SDG framework
  • Discuss concepts/ideas further with experts who will co-create solutions with participants
  • Provide a creative and adaptable space based on the needs of participants
Activity 5
Name of event Forward thinking workshop
Duration of event 1 Day
Number of participants 30
Travel Days TBC
Location of event TBC
Objectives From this event, we hope to:
  • Consider the future impact and sustainability of the ideas produced
  • Stress test ideas to improve
  • Bring participants together from each Ideas Jam to reflect on each others' proposals and assess these with expert support
  • Evaluate the process and present findings on approach
  • Focus on co-creating with participants Activity 6: Youth Voice in the Gathering 2017 through sprint trainings including themes, SDGs and speakers.
Activity 6
Name of event Youth Voice in the Gathering 2019
Time of event TBC
Duration of event 2 Days
Number of participants 30 + 100 additional young people outwith the project
Travel Days TBC
Location of event TBC
Objectives From this event, we hope to:
  • Develop young participants abilities to co-produce a large policy and public affairs event with their peers. This will include representatives from the Scottish Youth Parliament
  • Develop participants skills in presenting and educating fellow young people, becoming multipliers of conversations around the Sustainable Development Goals and open government.
  • Link the project and participants with work taking place across Scotland to build Youth Citizen Advocates for Change (led by project partner, IDEAS).
  • Ensure young people have a key place in the Gathering 2019 agenda, Europe's largest third sector conference that will feature key decision makers from across local and national government.
  • Provide space for participants to engage with relevant exhibitors, workshops and seminars.
Activity 7
Name of event Showcase and reflection at Parliament
Time of event 18:00 - 20:30
Duration of event 2.3 hrs
Number of participants 30
Travel Days TBC
Location of event Edinburgh, Parliament
Objectives From this event, we hope to:
  • Discuss how Scotland can meet the challenge of including the voices of young people in progressing towards the SDGs.
  • Discuss the obstacles and current situation young people experience in seeking to get involved.
  • Champion the rights of young people to have a voice in Scotland
  • Share the process that participants have undertaken to develop solutions to complex problems
  • Discuss the challenges and strengths of this approach, and experiences that others can learn from

H - Follow-up[edit | edit source]

Impact on the participants and participating organisation(s)[edit | edit source]

This framework recognises the difficulties of engaging people around such terms as open government and sustainable development. Rather than beginning conversations with what we want, it seeks to start with the issues that matter most to people before introducing why these concepts later on.

Discussions of this nature will not only help to support participants to develop new ideas and solutions to complex problems, it will allow us to collect powerful stories that can be used to help others come to their own conclusions and form their own opinions over the way forward. Research shows that real stories matter, and the conversations that take place here will form key persuasive evidence to shape future policy responses and next steps around Open Government and the SDGs.

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THE DISCUSSION

Developing a conversation around what matters to people in their community.

Issues The issue What are the issues that matter most to you?
The impact What is the impact of this issue on you?
The situation What do you feel you can currently do?
Solutions The obstacles What is causing this, or stopping you from getting involved?
The solutions What changes do you think could be made to reduce the issue or impact?
Actions The actions How can you act to influence change?

Desired impact of the project on youth policy-makers and on youth policies[edit | edit source]

This project provides the opportunity to focus attention in Scotland on the global framework of SDGs and as such connect discussions on key global issues of poverty, equality and democracy between young people across boundaries. We intend the impact on youth policy makers to be guiding them to understand the potential of the SDG framework to galvanise debate and attract young people into discussions about matters that directly affect their lives and futures.

The project will link participants with a series of major events already taking place across Scotland for young people to encourage their participation in local and global change. Led by our project partner IDEAS, these events are designed with an aim to inspire and encourage young people to take a leading role in issues of interest to them, locally and globally. In doing so, this project will help to grow the number of ‘youth advocates’ from a wider group of backgrounds to help inform and shape the policy agenda around the SDGs in Scotland.

Through specific events, the project will directly link young people with key decision makers. However, we believe there is a real need to ensure that the youth voice is not views in a silo and becomes integrated in prominent and ongoing policy conversations. This project is uniquely positioned to bring young participants into to discussions of the Open Government Network and Scotland’s Sustainable Development Goals Network, which are currently acting to mobilise around both agendas to ensure the voices of citizens and civil society are included in the debate with government.

Not only will participants in the project engage with key decisions makers through both of these networks and through Parliament (through the showcase and reflection session), they will proactively engage with the Scottish Youth Parliament, a body that will be represented on our Project Board. The Scottish Youth Parliament is a politically-independent organisation that aims to represent the young people of Scotland.

 Dissemination of project's results[edit | edit source]

SCVO has a variety of established communication channels including the online newspaper Third Force News, and several social media channels with significant followings. Likewise Young Scot has pioneered the use of social media for social good in Scotland and they will support the wider messaging of the project. We will us these and our flagship events, the Scottish Charity Awards and the annual 'gathering' which attracts over 4000 participants to promote both the project and its wider objective of raising awareness of the SDGs. The 'gathering' always involves Scotland's First Minister and other senior politicians and officials, and as such attracts mainstream media attention. The involvement of the millennia! generation in these discussions is likely to attract interest from key journalists. Our target audiences are a wide cohort of young people, civil society networks and public policy influencers. 

We will also disseminate the project's results through the Scotland Civil Society Open Government Network, a coalition of active citizens and civil society organisations committed to making Scottish government work better for people through enhanced transparency, participation and accountability. The Network was formed on the back of Scotland joining the Open Government Partnership’s Subnational Pilot Programme and serves as an engine for new ideas and as a collective voice to collaborate with and challenge government. Membership of the Network is open to any individual or civil society organisation, and our youth participants in this project will be encouraged and supported to continue their involvement in the future.

A similar approach will also be taken with Scotland's SDG Network, a coalition of people and organisations committed to advancing the Goals in Scotland, both domestically and internationally. The SDG Scotland Network has been formed out of a demand for a space to share who is doing what on the SDGs and link people together, to increase working together to build public awareness and engagement and, where possible, support the implementation of the SDGs in Scotland.

Evaluation (INSERT MORE DETAILS - RUCHIR & PAUL REDDISH)[edit | edit source]

We want the learn from the mistakes we make and build on the successes we create. Is there evidence that a diverse range of citizens and civil society are any closer to engaging the decisions that affect them as a result of this project?

Objective[edit | edit source]

To use an open and agile approach to monitoring, learning and evaluation. This evaluation will track progress towards the following four big outcomes.

1) To raise awareness of what open government means to young people, and how it can help to tackle complex problems

2) To develop the capacity of young people to influence reforms in the pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals

3) To localise the sustainable development goals and make these relevant to young people

4) To capture the ideas of young people to ensure the presence of youth voice and communities in policy making

Approach[edit | edit source]

The project team will self-evaluate the success of the project every six months, and produce an interim self-evaluation report at the mid-point in December 2018.

The project team will commission an independent evaluation of the project with access to the project participants; youth pioneers (30), young people (100), project partners, wider open government and sustainable development goals networks.

The reports from these activities will be publicly shared to encourage learning and discussion and presented in an accessible and engaging format.

Our project partner, IDEAS, have developed the report 'Understanding the Impact of Global Citizenship Education – Using a Theory of Change Approach'. The Theory of Change that it is based around offers a forward-looking framework that will over time enable those working in the area of global citizenship to make the evidence for global citizenship education more accessible, approachable and coherent. To ensure our evaluation supports the work and efforts of the wider sector, we have decided to follow the Theory of Change Approach and map the project outcomes against this theory.

Oxfam’s key elements of Education for Global Citizenship will be used as a framework for understanding and evaluating participants progress through the project.

Knowledge and understanding

  • Social justice and equity
  • Identity and diversity
  • Globalisation and interdependence
  • Sustainable development
  • Peace and conflict
  • Human rights
  • Power and governance

Skills

  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Empathy
  • Commitment to social justice and equity
  • Self-awareness and reflection
  • Communication
  • Cooperation and conflict resolution
  • Ability to manage complexity and uncertainty
  • Informed and reflective action

Values and attitudes

  • Respect for people and human rights
  • Value diversity
  • Sense of identity and self-esteem
  • Concern for the environment and commitment to sustainable development
  • Commitment to participation and inclusion
  • Belief that people can bring about change