Professors and were awarded a from the (SSHRC) to host the event, which gathered 30 engaged youth participants, aged 15-18, together with four key policymakers involved in education, privacy, equity, and equality.
The Summit used deliberative dialogue methodology, which provided participants with an opportunity to think deeply about the issues in advance and, on the day of the Summit, allowed for focused discussion around a relevant case study to facilitate the exchange of views. This gave a diverse group of young people an opportunity to articulate their concerns directly to key policymakers. The goal was not to create a consensus or vote on a particular outcome, but to foster an informed public debate that can support democratic policymaking. Professors Bailey and Steeves intend to publish a report and disseminate it widely through their partners and contacts to ensure that the results of the dialogue have as broad a reach as possible.
As leaders of the , Professors Steeves and Bailey have worked on a range of issues that affect young people’s relationship with, and experience of, digital technology. With a special focus on equality, equity, and new and emerging educational technologies, they have identified a need to seek counsel from the people nearest to the issue. This event was a way to ensure that young people’s voices are heard by the key stakeholders who are often tasked with making decisions that affect their lives.
SSHRC support events and outreach activities geared toward short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization initiatives. These events and activities represent opportunities to exchange knowledge and to engage with participants on research issues of value to them.