FOCUS OF WORK
This group focuses explicitly on the policymaking community and how policy makers might engage with digital media and productions created by girls and through direct dialogue with girls. Team members will carry out in depth case studies of several policy making communities in South Africa and Canada and will draw on work with policy making/policy implementing bodies at the grass roots level, and senior policy advisers across a number of ministerial groups.
- Identify good policy implementation practices and also deepen an understanding of the policy structures that may or may not facilitate the implementation process.
- Examine how policy makers are (and are not) being reached through digital media projects created by girls.
- Conduct interviews and focus groups with local teachers, principals, social workers, police and other local policy makers to study the impact of the digital productions created by young people.
Unlike top-down, bird’s eye view formal conceptions of the policy process, we conceptualize participatory policy making as a bottom up, grounded method. We aim to understand how official policy is actually experienced, lived and handled by those populations on which it is focused in terms of effecting changing social attitudes, dispositions and practices. This is an area that has rarely been examined in studies of youth media, and yet it is impossible to consider how the digital productions created by youth can have an impact if we do not study the role of audience in social change.
- Which structures in the case studies at hand, can be seen to support policy implementation?
2. How are policymakers are (and are not) being reached through digital media projects created by girls?
Engaging Community and Policy Makers
Influence of digital production
3. In what ways do the digital productions created by young people influence local teachers, principals, social workers, police and other local policy makers?