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New SAGE Publication"Youth digital participation: Measuring social impact"


My article titled "Youth digital participation: Measuring social impact" has been published in the Journal of Librarianship and Information Science . This journal publication is co-authored with Professor Hazel Hall, Dr Gemma Webster and Dr Colin Smith.

The paper summaries my literature review findings from May 2016 to March 2017. The big question examined in this publication is: What are the ways to measure the impacts of digital youth participatory projects?

My JoLiS article provides an overview of digital youth participation, its historical evolvement and forms. In my work, I identified some of the key terminology used at the time to describe different types of digital youth participation. Whilst the article might provide you with a flavour of how diverse the youth digital participatory practice can be, it is evident that many new 'digital-youth-labels' have surfaced just over the last year - you obviously won't find them in the article.

The key questions I explored in the article are concerned with the nature and definition of social impact across various disciplines. For example, I looked at how social impact evaluation practice has changed over the years and became a more inclusive and hands-on practice.

My research investigated the idea of participatory evaluation in both adult and youth setting, and finally poses a question - could participatory evaluation approach could help us to better understand digital youth participatory projects, young people's digital needs and aspirations?

To find my 'multilayered answer' to this question and to read the full article, please visit this link.

Abstract

Current scholarly debate around digital participatory youth projects and approaches to their evaluation are examined in this article. The analysis of the literature presented here reveals (1) an over-reliance on traditional evaluation techniques for such initiatives, and (2) a scarcity of models for the assessment of the social impact of digital participatory youth projects. It is concluded that the challenges and limitations of social impact evaluation practice in digital participatory youth projects should be addressed through the adoption of alternative, participant-centred approaches. These issues are discussed in reference to a current ongoing study that seeks to identify solutions for enhancing social impact evaluations of participatory digital initiatives by young people.


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Dr Alicja Pawluczuk

Alicja’s research and community education practice focuses on digital inclusion, digital, and data literacy. She is a founding director of the digital inclusion and digital storytelling collective Digital Beez. Through the use of participatory, critical and multidisciplinary approaches, she aims to examine the power dynamics associated with the digital and data divides.

Alicja’s digital inclusion practice is rooted in the areas of democratic education and community development. She has extensive experience in digital inclusion community projects design, facilitation, and evaluation. Both her community engagement practice and her research are characterised by the use of experimental and interactive methodologies. Over the last 10 years, her work has been responding and changing in accordance with the contexts of digitalization of society. Alicja has a track record of peer-reviewed publications and cross-disciplinary public engagement activities. Both her research and practice are characterised with the use of experimental and creative methods. She has managed and contributed to digital literacy and digital inclusion and learning projects with the United Nations, the Council of Europe, and Erasmus.

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