Research and Evaluation

PDC specialises in participatory research and evaluation that listens to the voices and views of young people, or supports them to be active partners in the design and conduct of research


Participatory Research Led by Young People

Youthforia Youth Unemployment Commission

PDC was commissioned by Youthforia Youth forum to facilitate a policy commission into youth unemployment in the north west. By bringing together young people, businesses, public sector representatives and others, PDC supported young people and sector experts to co-produce a set of policy recommendation and take an in-depth look at systems to support youth employment currently in place. The report, titled simple truths, is available here


Lancaster University Young Men and Pornography Youth Led Research

PDC is currently supporting Lancaster University Faculty of Health Research to conduct research into young men’s experiences of pornography. The research team is composed of an equal mix of young male researchers (16-21) and older male researchers who work as collaborative partners to design and conduct the research.







The Railway Children "Reaching Safe Places" research

PDC worked with The Railway Children to develop and design the participatory research elements of their award winning Safe spaces research. This research enabled young people who had run away or gone missing to design and develop qualitative research exploring the experiences of other young people in similar situations, and is being used as part of the Railway Children's Campaigning work. You can read the full research report here, or watch the video showing the young researchers experiences.





NWRYWU Youth Led Research Programme

Whilst based at NWRYWU, PDC’s director Dan Moxon established a youth led research programme, that is still running today. This programme enabled a team young people aged 16-21 to design and conduct research across multiple local authorities in response to commissions from NHS-NW, The Big Lottery The Cheshire and Merseyside Public Health Network and others. Examples of its work can be seen below

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Research that Listens to Children and Young People


Ambitious About Autism myVoice evaluation

PDC is currently commissioned to evaluate Ambitious About Autism myVoice programme. This research is focused on understanding the experiences of young people with autism who use the myvoice online community and the impact the programme has on services for young people with autism in four local authorities. 

City of Manchester: Sexual Health Education and Outreach Evaluation

PDC was commissioned by Manchester City Council to undertake a review of sexual health and education outreach services. It used a mixed methods approach and was based on combining consultation with young people, stakeholders and internal staff with analysis of programme outputs and outcomes.  

Mentor Youth Insight Programme Evaluation

PDC are currently commissioned by Mentor UK to evaluate it’s Youth Insight programme. For this evaluation PDC has developed a set of research tools designed to identify and track changes in decision making bodies approaches to listening to young people, as well as to identify policy or service changes resulting from engagement directly with the youth volunteers.

Impact of Independent Advocacy for Children and Young People

PDC director Dan Moxon, is currently supporting UCLANS Centre for Participation and NCB to conduct research into the outcomes and impact of advocacy for children and young people commissioned by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner. This research takes place across six settings including youth justice,social care and children and young people’s mental health provision


Speaking and Seminars




PDC director, Dan Moxon is also an Associate Director of UCLAN’s Centre for Participation, and was recently co-editor of a book published by Palgrave Macmillan “Participation, Citizenship and Intergenerational Relations in Children and Young People's Lives :Children and Adults in Conversation”

Many of our staff and associates are regular speaker at events and conference in both the academic and practice worlds. Dan has spoken at Manchester University, Lancaster University , Edgehill University, Manchester Metropolitan University , The University of Central Lancashire and Liverpool John Moores University. You can see his guest seminar “Reshaping the Machinery of the State with and for young people's voices” at The Centre for Participation above.