PERU team member at the American Evaluation Association Conference

Thursday 01 November 2018

The American Evaluation Association Conference started yesterday in Cleveland, Ohio. This year’s conference theme is ‘Speaking Truth to Power’. Dr Jessica Ozan will be part of a panel with Nick Petten (Petten Consulting, Canada) and Dr Mónica Ruiz-Casares (McGill University & SHERPA-Institut Universitaire, Canada) on Friday 2nd November at 11.30 am. The panel will consider the topic, ‘ Children speaking truth to adults: ethics and participation'.


In order to speak truth to power, children and young people have to overcome multiple obstacles. Despite several conventions supporting their right to participate in decisions that concern them (UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Treaty of Lisbon), their involvement often remains limited. Children’s meaningful engagement in research and evaluation is indeed challenging. It requires time and resources to adapt evaluation tools and materials. It also involves specific ethical issues, such as informed parental and child consent. This panel brings ethics at the forefront of their discussion on children’s participation.  It will consider how several gatekeepers (parents, schools, local authorities) can interfere with children’s right to participate. The panel with offer a cross-national perspective with examples from Canada, Europe, and Low and Middle Income Countries. The discussion will focus on ways to ensure meaningful participation, such as visual methods and robust consent processes.

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