Outcome 6: Indicator 5

Indicator 5: Young people have an understanding of social justice issues

The term ‘social justice issues’ covers a wide range of issues such as poverty, equality/inequality, power, accountability, rights, access to services etc. Social justice issues can occur anywhere from within your youth group to a global scale. Social justice issues are often linked to unequal power, wealth and resource distribution and unfair treatment of individuals or groups with differing characteristics such as race, religion, culture, gender, sexual orientation etc.

How can I measure this indicator with young people?

The specific way you choose to measure this indicator and the questions you use will depend on the issue you have been focusing on in your youth work. More generally, you can measure understanding using the following tools:

  • In groups, ask young people to generate a list of social justice issues, who they impact and how they impact people locally, nationally and globally (if appropriate).
  • Ask young people to rate their understanding of the particular social justice issue you are interested in or you can create a number of statements about the social justice issue that young people can agree or disagree with on a scale. These statements should help you to explore a young person’s understanding of a particular issue.
  • You can use these statements in questionnaires, 1-2-1 discussions or focus groups/workshops. It might be helpful to think about the issue at a group, local, national and international level.
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