Co-design and Young People

We can  play a key role in supporting partners to engage and consult young people across Scotland, helping them to influence the design and delivery of policy and services. Our co-design service involves young people systematically co-creating, co-producing, co-designing and co-delivering solutions.  Young people are involved much earlier in decision making process through a highly participative approach, developing informed insights, ideas, recommendations and solutions for policy and practice.

Meet Lisa, our Co-design Manager.  Got a spare five minutes? Watch the video and find out more about some of our recent co-design projects!


 Our Approach

The Young Scot Co-design process enables young people and organisations to explore insights and experiences and develop ideas together:

1. Explore: Uncover issues through gathering insights and genuine experiences from young people.

2. Create: Generate ideas and co-create solutions with/by young people.

3. Reflect: Consider the future impact and sustainability of the ideas produced.

4. Recommend: Produce influential ideas/solutions with young people.

As an organisation, we are moving beyond traditional consultation methods, and can support partners to deliver outcomes, which are driven by co-design and co-production processes. We have developed an iterative menu of different methods which are holistic, flexible and accessible to suit a variety of strategic impacts and objectives. From idea jams, Youth Investigation Teams, experience mapping to conversation days and focus groups.

Click here to download our Co-design Offer to find out more!

You can also find reports from previous Co-design projects below:

XRoute – Active Travel (2016)

Development of a Digital Learning  & Teaching Strategy for Scotland – The views of Young People  (2016)

Teenage Pregnancy and Young Parent report (2015)

Horizon Scanning (2015)

Youth Commission on Smoking (2014)

Agents of Change (2013)

Peer Led Approaches to Substance Misuse (2011)

Building the Boat (2009)



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