About the Evidence Hub for Research By Children & Young People


your experiences in Research by Children & Young People - as a learner, educator, researcher or policymakerOpen ChallengesPotential SolutionsSupporting (and challenging) evidenceProjects and OrganizationsRelevant Web resourcesResearch Debate - Claims you think that the research into the field of 'Research by Children & Young People' allows us to make


The Evidence Hub for Research By Children & Young People aims to provide an environment to systematically interrogate scholars and practitioner who work on Research by Children & Young People on what are the people, projects, organizations, challenges, solutions and claims that scaffold the future of research and practices on Children and Young People to Undertake their Own Research. Ultimately this website will build an evidence hub which represents and maps the collective knowledge around Research by Children & Young People.


The Evidence Hub is developed by the Knowledge Media Institute team (Simon Buckingham Shum, Anna De Liddo and Michelle Bachler) Children's Research Center (CRC) (lead by Prof. Mary Kellett) of the Faculty of Education and Language Studies at the Open University, UK.
We are indebted to Harriett Cornish for graphic design.


Our primary objective is to empower children and young people as active researchers. The CRC recognises that children are experts on their own lives. We value the child's perspective and believe in promoting child voice by supporting children to carry out research on topics that are important to them. We have links to numerous schools and community organisations nationally and internationally and exist to contribute to the body of knowledge on childhood and children's lived experiences. It should be no surprise then how difficult it is to understand and keep pace with the challenges, success and failures of the projects, research, tools and practices around Research by Children & Young People. It is therefore even more difficult to try to develop an evidence-base of effectiveness in Research by Children & Young People, and to identify the gaps in research and practice that still need to be explored to really push the field forward.

From the pragmatic side

  • Where is Research by Children & Young People at?
  • What are the challenges Research by Children & Young People still need to face?
  • What are the potential solutions to those challenges?
  • What is the evidence supporting those solutions?

To answer these questions we need a collective effort. We need answers that are built together by sharing, knowledge resources, stories and insights on research and practice in the field of Research by Children & Young People. We need collective intelligence in action.


This Evidence Hub aims to provide researchers and practitioner in this field with a dynamic and living map of where Research by Children & Young People is heading.
We aim at building a social Web environment which works as a Collective Evidence Hub for the Research by Children & Young People community.

To do so http://rcyp.evidence-hub.net/ provides scholars, researchers and practitioners with an environment where:

  • specific Key Challenges have been set up for the community to address,
  • new issues and questions can be posted, explored and discussed to help tackling those key challenges,
  • new solutions can be proposed to tackle these issues,
  • relevant evidence and Web resources can be shared to ground those solutions,
  • new research claims can be made and investigated, that are informed by the latest Research debate and backed by robust evidence in favour and against such claims,
  • new projects and organizations can be added to the Research by Children & Young People network.


The Evidence Hub builds on research on Collective Intelligence, Sensemaking, Knowledge Mapping and Social Web technologies and provides an environment in which, by filling simple web forms, users can add their knowledge, ideas, interpretations, and see them instantly mapped within the global Research by Children & Young People network map.

By aggregating and mining single contributions the Evidence Hub provides a collective picture of the Research by Children & Young People movement. This picture can be explored in form of a simple textual interface (as list of organizations, claims, evidences, issues, resources) or in a more visual way as network map.

The platform allows different users to build progressively and collaboratively on the same content, thus facilitating collaborative knowledge production and discovery.

Moreover the system provides users with contextual recommendation based on matching themes. This means, for example, that if you have made a claim, shared some evidence or a piece of data on copyright issues other relevant data on copyright will be suggested to you for exploration.

The system also allows you to easily add evidence or present counter-evidence to other people's claims, thus triggering conversations and knowledge sharing between people who tackle similar issues.

Finally the Evidence Hub allows users to visualize, explore and be part of the social network of contributors to the Collective Intelligence Hub on Research by Children & Young People.

The Evidence Hub is part of the Cohere family of softwares which are social web tools for knowledge mapping and collaborative annotation developed by the KMi hypermedia discourse team.

Cohere is a Web tool to:

  • collect evidences by annotating free web resources, thus using clips of text to ground their claims.
  • Exploit advanced network visualization, search and filtering to interrogate and explore the network maps of claims, evidences, issues and themes.
  • Develop a personal evidence, claims, issue and solutions portfolio.
This advanced functionality will be slowly added to the Evidence Hub in the future.

(v 2.0 alpha 1)