Our team actively supports youth to engage in research on issues of interest to them. Supporting youth to lead on research projects positively contributes to their development, enhancing their skill set and empowering them to investigate and take action on issues of relevance to their lives.

 Anna   Anna Golden, 16, UNESCO CFRC Youth Researcher in 2015

"Youth research is important because it encourages and allows young people to find out about the issues that  interest and influence us so that we can make positive changes in these areas. It is important that young people are involved in researching  issues that affect us because we understand and experience these issues ourselves. Conducting research also gives us valuable research skills  and experience in doing research".  

Youth as Researchers Workbook & Training Manual 


The Youth as Researchers Training Manual produced by the Centre provides youth with a step-by-step guide to carrying out a research project. The Youth as Researchers Workbook is designed to complement the training by suggesting practical tasks to support the research process. The manual and workbook were developed by a team of researchers and youth researchers at the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre under the guidance of Professor Pat Dolan. The manual draws on examples of research previously undertaken by students of the Foróige Leadership Programme. This youth programme is accredited by National University of Ireland, Galway under the academic directorship of Professor Dolan and is delivered by the youth organisation Foróige in projects and clubs nationally. The leadership programme requires the students to work on a team research project investigating local, community or global issues. 

The youth as researchers training manual and workbook have been used by the UNESCO CFRC to deliver research skills workshops to youth groups nationally and internationally. The Centre has worked with some of the youth trained to produce short video clips of their research findings, to support the dissemination of their research.

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Cillian Murphy & Youth as Researchers 

The acclaimed Irish Actor and Centre patron, Cillian Murphy, has in the past attended and supported the delivery of some of the youth research skills workshops and has provided his support in narrating the videos. Cillian Murphy shares the Centre’s commitment and passion for supporting positive youth development. He attended the 9th UNESCO Youth Forum in Paris with our team in 2015. Here he met with Director General of UNESCO Irina Bokova and spoke about the importance of youth participating in their communities and the wealth of knowledge and energy they have to offer.

Video: Centre Patron, Cillian Murphy in conversation with youth researchers

Read more about Cillian Murphys work with the Centre here

Cillian, Irina and Pat 
(L-R Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO, Cillian Murphy, Actor & Pat Dolan, UNESCO Chair)

Youth- Led Research Projects Undertaken at the Centre 

The first in a series of videos produced documenting youth researcher findings are now available. 

These videos were produced by Independent Irish Filmmakers, Swansong Films. Please visit www.swansongfilms.ie for more information

Youth Perceptions on Homelessness

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LGBT Youth and Their Mental Health

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How Mental Health Affects Young People in Ballina

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The following two videos 'It's Ok' and 'Dear Parents, Dear Friends' was a participant led project undertaken by a group of children and young people who had taken part in doctoral research that explored children's and young people's experiences of parental separation, divorce and subsequent changed family life. The videos provide helpful information to parents, friends and primary schools about these experiences. 

The videos were made through the CFRCs Youth as Researchers programme in association with Foróige and Techspace. The researcher, Ann O'Kelly, can be contacted at a.cullenokelly1@nuigalway.ie

It's OK

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Dear Parents, Dear Friends

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Get Involved

For further information, please contact Ms. Danielle Kennan on  091495731 or email danielle.kennan@nuigalway.ie