Valuing children's knowledge: the politics of listening

Victoria Johnson

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Children’s voices matter and can help us to understand the complex realities of their lives, but for children and young people to be heard, people in positions of power need to be included in participatory processes with them to build their confidence in the value of children’s evidence. Based on revisits to participatory evaluations in the UK and Nepal, I show how children and young people’s evidence can lead to transformational change and that their evidence can be valued if local power dynamics, including those between adults and children, are recognized and addressed. Mechanisms for how this can be done are presented.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe politics of results and evidence in international development: playing the game to change the rules?
EditorsR. Eyben, I. Guijt, C. Roche, C. Shutt
Place of PublicationWarwickshire
PublisherPractical Action
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9781853398865
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2015


  • change-scape
  • socio-ecological theory
  • cultural context
  • political economy
  • child rights
  • participation
  • impact
  • participatory evaluation


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