Our research team make sure that we understand how our work fits with the challenges young people face in modern society. Their research influences what we do and how we do it, and helps us to shape our strategy, practice and products.
Researchers evaluate and review evidence gathered from our programmes, produce case studies and undertake literature reviews, making sure that what we do is always relevant.
Our research is disseminated through publications, conference presentations, practice development days, our network of contacts and our website. We are increasingly securing research commissions from external organisations and we continue to support undergraduate, graduate and PhD students.
We believe that those young people who sometimes struggle to get their voice heard in society should be able to participate in our research. As we often work with disadvantaged children and young people, it’s possible for us to do this through the use of participatory practice (Ledwith, 2011) and creative methods of research (Mitchell, 2011).
Our activities are enhanced by partnerships with the University of Cumbria, the Institute of Applied Social Science at Bedfordshire University, and Lancaster University Management School. We access ethical clearance for our research through the University of Cumbria.
We are delighted to have recently gained Economic and Social Research Council funding for practice development, via the University of Bedfordshire.
All of our research is guided by our research policy, which adheres to ethical research principles and data protection law.
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“I needed an independent and rigorous assessment of our programme to learn the strengths of the programme and to be able to demonstrate to the board members the value of the programme. This case study (by Brathay) provided me with a theoretical framework for the programme that was linked with the practical outcomes and sessions and provided evidence of value for money. There was lots of feedback from the young people included which gave it a great foundation. Very good, very pleased, thank you Kaz.”
Helena Partnership 2011
“Youth Voice has been a priority issue for the Yorkshire & Humber Empowerment Partnership and we felt that there was a need to highlight some good practice case studies of empowering work. A previously negotiated piece of work to meet this aim had fallen through. Very helpful approach from Brathay led to successful negotiation and delivery of commission in a very short time. Good piece of written work, thanks!”
Regional Empowerment Network 2011