Outcome 6: Indicator 4

Indicator 4: Young people believe they can make a difference

Indicator 4 measures whether young people feel they can make a difference and whether they have agency or control over what happens. It is important to translate this indicator to a young person’s context. To what extent do they think they can make a difference in their local community, school, a policy or service, an event, their peers?

How can I measure this indicator with young people?

Ask young people how much they agree or disagree with the following statement:

I believe I can make a difference to... (add in local context here if appropriate)

You can use an agree/disagree scale like the one below for young people to record their responses, using stickers, ticks or whatever they choose. You can use this statement in questionnaires, 1-2-1 sessions and small group work. You can repeat this at regular intervals to measure changes over time.

Agree/disagree scale

  • I really agree
  • I agree
  • I disagree
  • I really disagree
  • I don’t know


Local issues map

  • Ask young people to draw a map of their community
  • Then ask them to write onto the maps the issues and challenges in the community
  • Ask young people to use sticky dots to highlight those issues they think they can change or make a difference to. You can use different colour dots to highlight the degree of difference, for example:

A red dot means “I can’t make any difference to this issue”

An orange dot means “I can make some difference to this issue”

A green dot means “I can make a big difference to this issue”

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