Who are we?
We are a young people’s research advisory group for children and young people aged 8-18 who live in Hertfordshire. We learn about research and work with researchers to help them plan and do research about children and young people’s health, care, family lives and the communities we live in.
We meet about every two months in evenings after school/college or at weekends, either at the University of Hertfordshire or online.
In our meetings researchers from the university and other organizations come to talk to the group about their research ideas and projects. We have worked with lots of different researchers including projects on mental health, the ways your environment and where you live can shape who you are, dealing with loss and bereavement, and experiences with speaking to and being treated by health professionals.
As well as giving researchers advice on how to make their research children and young people-friendly, we also:
‘I found it really helpful to speak with the YPAG right at the start of developing a research proposal. They handled a sensitive subject very well, and provided some useful insights into how young people seek support, which I will build into my work.’
For researchers wanting to collaborate with the group:
We had our first meeting on 19th March at the University of Hertfordshire. We had 14 new group members who attended – aged between 9 to 17. I joined the YPAG group because I am interested in research and I wanted to know more, I thought that it was a great opportunity to work with […]
Update: We have had a lot of interest in the group which means that unfortunately we are not currently able to accept any new applications. If you would like to be informed when we have spaces available for new group members please email us at email@example.com The Hertfordshire young people’s advisory group (Herts YPAG) is […]
Read Holly’s account of how the Hertfordshire YPAG has been shaping research and policy during COVID restrictions.