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Notes towards an evaluation of The Office of Children’s Rights Commissioner for London: Phase 1. 2000-2001

Alderson, P; Clarke-Jones, L; Schaumberg, H; (2002) Notes towards an evaluation of The Office of Children’s Rights Commissioner for London: Phase 1. 2000-2001. Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

This report records phase I of an evaluation of the Office of Children's Rights Commissioner for London (the Office) over the first 18 months of its 3 year life. This can be only a partial evaluation, not a definitive or conclusive one. We observed processes, progress and interim outcomes, and collected young people’s and adults’ views about the Office. Some of the findings could be used as baseline data in a second phase evaluation, for later comparison. The Office is due to close in April 2003. Section 1 explains how the Office was set up, and its staffing and objectives. We report the SSRU evaluation plans and activities, besides the social context of the Office’s work, and background debates about children’s right and abilities to participate as citizens. Section 2 reviews in more detail the Office’s activities in connection with its eight original aims recorded in 1998 in its funding applications. Section 3 records the views of children and adults about children’s rights in London and the work of the Office. The groups range from people working in the Office, to young people in schools and other settings, to policy makers. Section 4 summarises how our findings so far answer the evaluation questions set out in 2000 in our original protocol. Appendix 1 outlines the case for a national Children’s Rights Commissioner. Appendix 2 gives further details about the evaluation, and Appendix 3 reviews the problems of doing evaluations in general, and of doing evaluations for and with children in particular.

Type: Report
Title: Notes towards an evaluation of The Office of Children’s Rights Commissioner for London: Phase 1. 2000-2001
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1536246
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