In the ‘Making the Most of What We Know’ learning project research evidence is combined with implementation experience on the linkages between adolescent sexuality of girls and child marriage. To capture the perspectives of girls and young women themselves, Youth-Led Research will be implemented in 5 countries on these linkages.
Youth-Led Research is the meaningful and central participation of young people in all phases of the research, from the identification of relevant learning questions and methodology to study design, data collection, analysis, and reflection to feed into programme implementation. The objective of this Youth-Led Research is to explore and understand the journeys of young girls who have managed to navigate social norms and break the mould, the so-called ‘positive deviants,’ who have subsequently become mentors and/or role models to others. The initiative also includes the participation of young girls who have – or are expected to – follow a more traditional pathway to marriage as dictated by the social norms shaping their lives, thus creating a space for the exchange of different experiences and realities. By focusing on the stories of young girls, as they themselves recount, interpret, and present them, this research is able to gather important insights into promising pathways of change and draft relevant recommendations for girl-driven programme design.
All lessons learned from the different components of the ‘Making the Most of What We Know’ learning project will be brought together in an international learning event. Resources developed as part of this project will be published on this page.
To conduct the Youth-Led Research, the Making the Most of What We Know project has selected 6 Youth-Led Research Coordinators to oversee the research in their respective communities. Check out their biographies below.