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From the Introduction:
This manual has been developed to support young people as well as organizations to better understand ‘Child Led Data Collection’ (or CLDC for short). We want to help you understand the important role young people have in collecting information about their lives and telling others about their realities.
Our goal is to take something – collecting and working with research data - that seems complex and simplify it. With this manual we hope to make working with data easy for everyone, including young people. And, most importantly, we want to make it fun and interesting.
The information you will find within this manual was developed between 2009 and 2012 as part of the project, ‘A Civil Society for Children’s Rights in the MENA Region’ led by Save the Children Sweden and funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). Many partners supported the project, including: Bayti (Morocco), Nabaa (Lebanon), Democracy School (Yemen) together with Soul (Yemen) and Defence for Children International Palestine Section (occupied Palestinian territories).
Different groups of young people tested and piloted the manual and shared with us their experiences and ideas for improvement. Through the community of people involved, we were able to make the needed changes and share with you a resource that we hope you will find unique and useful.
We understand that not all research and advocacy projects have the impact they hope to have and that many do not change lives. But we are trying to change that and offer something different. Young people participating in data collection will learn new skills, meet new people and learn more about what is needed to create positive change. This experience can change the way you see your world, it can change the choices you make and it can create opportunities for you in the future.
By working together with other young people, you can build new relationships, grow as researchers and become advocates for positive change. This is also a special opportunity for adults to support young people in the process of collecting and working with data and for young people to share your unique skills, perspectives and insight; and for us all to support the young to speak for the young.
Should you choose to participate in CLDC, whether as a young researcher or as a support organization or a sponsor, we hope that you enjoy witnessing the power of evidence-based advocacy led by young people themselves.