Conducting research with children, ethically and effectively, to inform public policy

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Carroll, Penelope, Witten, Karen, Smith, Melody, Egli, Victoria, Mavoa, Suzanne and Kytta, Marketta. (2022). Conducting research with children, ethically and effectively, to inform public policy. In In Spencer, Grace (Ed.). Ethics and integrity in research with children and young people pp. 167-182 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. https://doi.org/10.1108/S2398-601820210000007016
AuthorsCarroll, Penelope, Witten, Karen, Smith, Melody, Egli, Victoria, Mavoa, Suzanne and Kytta, Marketta
EditorsSpencer, Grace
Abstract

The overarching aim of our research is the social and environmental sustainability of cities, with a focus on ensuring the rights and needs of the children who live in them are considered in policy and planning arenas. How do we, as researchers, work ethically and effectively with children to foreground their voices and produce robust evidence to inform policies and processes which promote their wellbeing in child-friendly cities, and in line with Sustainable Development Goals? Children have the right to be heard, and their views taken seriously, in policy and planning arenas. Conducting ethical and effective child-centred research requires balancing considerations of children’s rights to genuine participation and their rights to protection at all stages of the research process. This balance requires methodological flexibility and a situated ethical approach, where researchers and participants together determine appropriate research pathways. In this chapter, the authors reflect on ethical and methodological insights gained during a decade of conducting urban-related research with children. The various projects used different methods and provided different lessons; but common to all was an understanding of the importance of relationship-building, of supportive and engaged adults, and of methods which were respectful, age/culturally appropriate and ‘fit for purpose’. These factors are crucial to ethically enable the foregrounding of children’s voices, the collection of robust data and effective dissemination of research with children.

Keywordschild-centred research; children's rights; participation; mixed methods; situated ethics; social justice
Page range167-182
Year2022
Book titleEthics and integrity in research with children and young people
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited
Place of publicationBingley, United Kingdom
SeriesAdvances in research ethics and integrity ; volume 7
ISBN9781800434011
9781800434004
9781800434028
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1108/S2398-601820210000007016
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