Measuring the social impact of digital youth participation: new paper available on OnlineFirst

The seventh (and final) article that I recently co-authored for publication in the Journal of Librarianship and Information Science (JoLIS) has now been published as an OnlineFirst paper. Entitled ‘Youth digital participation: measuring social impact‘, the content of the article concerns scholarly debate around digital participatory youth projects, and approaches to their evaluation. My co-authors Alicja Pawluczuk, Colin F Smith, Gemma Webster and I reveal (1) an over-reliance on traditional evaluation techniques for such initiatives, and (2) a scarcity of models for the assessment of the social impact of digital participatory youth projects.

This new work is an analysis of the body of literature that Alicja reviewed for her doctoral study on the measurement of the social impact of the digital co-creation activities of young people in Scotland, and first presented as a conference paper at Information: interactions and impact (i3) 2017 in June last year (slides available on SlideShare). The full manuscript of the article is also available to download from the Edinburgh Napier repository.

For further information about Alicja’s research please see her blog at and her profile on the Edinburgh Napier web site.

Alicja Pawluczuk presents at #i3RGU 2017

Alicja Pawluczuk presents at Information: interactions and impact (i3) 2017 #i3RGU

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