Young Research Advisers
The NCB Young Research Advisors (YRAs) group plays a key role in ensuring the quality, relevance and impact of NCB research. Established in 2011, the YRAs are a diverse group of children and young people aged 7-18, recruited from across the country. In addition, a number of children and young people with additional needs aged up to 25 play an active role in the group.
The YRAs receive ongoing training on research methods, ethics and key policy issues. They carry out a range of roles including:
- Advising on, testing and co-designing research methods and tools.
- Carrying out primary research activities including peer research.
- Interpreting and disseminating research findings.
- Exploring research priorities and questions.
The YRAs meet regularly, forming a vibrant research community. They also meet for project-specific consultations and carry out remote consultations and engagement via skype, email and telephone. Critically we seek to regularly refresh the YRA membership to ensure a diversity of views and opinions.
Find out about how the YRAs work on a range of social issues by watch this video:
The YRAs work with on a wide range of different projects covering a range of topics. For example:
In 2017, the YRAs translated complex research findings into an accessible animation exploring what data tells us about young people making the transition to adult health services.
In 2016, they were been involved in projects about NHS services for children and young people with diabetes and new research studies about counselling in schools and admissions of young people to hospital following an injury related to violence, self-harm, alcohol or drug use.
In November 2015, the YRAs helped to organise a conference called ‘Growing up Happy in England’ hosted by CPRU. As well as attending on the day and chairing and taking part in discussions, the YRAs produced a series of film clips on the subject of well-being and happiness. Take a look at one of the films below.
Watch the other film clips on NCB's YouTube channel.
Families Research Advisory Group
The NCB Families Research Advisory Group (FRAG) is made up of parents and carers who we meet with regularly to advise on research projects. We also convene the group for bespoke consultations, and undertake virtual consultations via email and telephone.
This is a diverse group of parents and carers recruited from across the country. FRAG members receive training on research methods and policy, and are engaged in various project related tasks such as designing research questions, carrying out primary data collection, and interpreting and disseminating findings.
- Our FRAG members have worked on a range of internal and external projects and proposals. Some recent activities have included:
- Considering findings from research on possible links between child outcomes and maternal mental health;
- Advising on a research proposal on Adversity Related Injury (young people admitted to hospital following an injury relating to self-harm, drug or alcohol misuse or violence) and discussion of a trial of humanistic counselling in schools;
- Parents and carers acting as members of the steering committee for large scale research on humanistic counselling in schools;
- Testing the design and use of surveys and topic guides about reading in foster families.
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Alternatively if you’d like to explore how the YRAs or FRAG can help you and your research, please contact John Dodd, director of Research & Policy.