Generation of a better empirical understanding of young people's participation in community engagement - Through the creation of a young people steering team (which enabled young people to influence and play a pivotal role in directing this project), the hosting of a youth conference for young people across Swansea, the hosting of a multi-agency meeting for adults in agencies across all sectors, and continuing meetings of the young people steering team post-end of project.
Development of a focused, multi-agency network approach to focus on critical issues concerning young people's participation in Swansea - Following the youth conference and multi-agency meeting for adults in agencies, negotiation occurred between the principal investigator and Officers of the Local Authority, resulting the merging of the Standing Conference on Young People's Participation into a new, Swansea Participation Network which is led by the Local Authority, and supported by Swansea University. Also, work is on-going to optimise focus on young people's participation through the establishment of a multi-agency and cross-sectoral Evidence and Engagement Group. The Group will consist of researchers, policy-level officers and practitioners and explore how young people-inspired understandings of participation, research findings and best practice can be used to improve policy, strategy and service delivery.
Creation of new research capacity by young people - Although the project formally ended in 2011, the young people steering team has continued to meet and, reflecting upon research findings and key messages from the youth conference, has identified areas of further activity. In particular, funding has been sought and obtained from the Swansea Youth Action Network to facilitate a further, small-scale project to enable young people to survey and disseminate localised survey findings concerning their community engagement, specifically that relating to health, well-being and facilities.