PAC: From research to action
Over the last year, 120 PAC peer researchers designed and delivered 23 peer research projects across England and Wales.
They engaged more than 4,500 young people aged 10 to 20 in interviews, focus groups and surveys about their understandings of youth violence.
Peer researchers were able to use their shared identity as young people to recruit and connect with their respondents, who might not otherwise take part in traditional research.
Research topics selected and explored by peer researchers included:
- the causes of youth violence
- how youth violence affects the local community
- personal experiences of youth violence
- solutions to reduce youth violence
The findings offer candid insight into how youth violence affects young people across England and Wales, and shares their ideas to help reduce violence and improve safety in their communities.
Uniquely, peer researchers have used their findings to inform the design and delivery of social action projects focused on driving local change. Examples of these evidence-based social action projects are captured as ‘spotlight’ case studies throughout this report.
We’ll be publishing a full report about the work and findings of PAC in March 2023. But if you can’t wait that long, you can find out a little more about what we’ve been up to and what we’ve found in our latest mini-report.