Does the involvement of children and young people improve programme effectiveness?  

The WHO Collaborating Centre for International Child and Adolescent Health Policy has embarked on a systematic review which aims to summarise the scientific evidence base on the benefits of involving children and young people in the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes aiming to secure health and its related outcomes. The objectives of this project are to:

  1. describe the range of theoretical perspectives available to develop appropriate logic models that can help to make explicit pathways to health and wellbeing;
  2. assess the evidence of the impact that involving young people can have on programme effectiveness;
  3. synthesize the accumulated knowledge on the views that young people have of being involved in the process of developing health programmes; and,
  4. understand the barriers and facilitators associated with the meaningful, appropriate and effective involvement of young people.

In addition, we will be collating a range of case studies, which will help to fill the knowledge gap identified in the scientific literature about what works and how. To conclude this exercise, we will develop recommendations for research policy and practice that will help to ensure meaningful, appropriate and effective ways for  involvement process of health development. The project runs from July until December 2014. If you have general enquiries, please email Antony Morgan at


  1. We’re exploring the option of hand searching journals that are not indexed in any databases that may have relevant articles, which would otherwise be missed.
    1. If you are aware of any such journals that may be relevant to the review, please email Anna at
  2. We’re also including a search of websites which may have reports on youth engagement in the systematic review.
    1. If you knew of any relevant non-UK organisations, please send Anna ( the contact name(s) so she can include them in searches.
  3. In the Autumn, we will be issuing a ‘Call for Case Studies’ following the WHO Case Study Structure.
    1. If you’re interested in sharing your case study, please stay tuned for more details in September 2014.