Developing opportunities for research through parternships with universities, organisations and the staff and young people of the Youth+ Network is an ongoing priority. The underlying rationale of this commitment includes:
- the complexity of our work with young people
- the scarcity of research based practice and evaluation at a national level
- the need for development of relevant theortical frameworks based on professional experience, reflective practice and a growing understanding of the complex needs of the disengaged young people whom we support as they make life and learning choices.
Currently the Youth+ network is undertaking three Australian Research Council funded projects. These include:
- Re-engaging disadvantaged youth through science (with James Cook University)
- Developing a values approach to school renewal (Griifith University)
- Sustainable Selves: A new assessment model for marginalised secondary students (Queensland University of Technology).