Online Consultation on Youth Well-being

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Held 30 March to 8 May 2015

Access the consultation here.

Context  |   Objective   |  Leading questions   |  Outcomes  |  Partners


There are more young people living in the world today than at any time in human history and there is an urgent need to better meet their needs through more effective policy-making and societal action. In December 2014, Wikiprogress held a 2-week online discussion on Youth Well-being Measurement and Policy. We were overwhelmed by the reaction to this topic, and it was quite clear that there was much more to discuss than the usual format allowed.

From Monday 30 March to the 8 May 2015, we ran an online consultation to explore in more detail the many questions raised by the December 2014 discussion. In order to this, we experimented with a new open-source tool, which allowed us to bring more structure to the conversation, and keep track of the key ideas that emerged over its 7 weeks.

Who participated?

Anyone was free to take part, and contributions were provided from

  • Practitioners, researchers and representatives of organisations with a particular interest in youth well-being and youth participation.
  • Young people themselves, who had their say about what matters most to them.


The principal objective of the consultation was to gather knowledge from as wide a range of informed people as possible about how to better understand the needs of young people and how to implement policy and other actions that can improve their lives. The consultation was designed so that it could evolve, with new questions and ideas emerging as more people contributed.

Leading questions

  • What does “youth well-being” really mean?
    • What are the key drivers for their well-being and how do the needs of the under-25s differ from the general population in key well-being policy areas (health, employment, personal safety, etc.)? What resources can we use to get an accurate picture of young people’s well-being and where do data gaps exist?
  • What actions can we take to make young people’s lives better?
    • What do we know works and what lessons can we learn from successful examples of policy and grassroots initiatives? What are good case studies and where do we need better approaches? How can we move from rhetoric to making a real impact when implementing the Sustainable Development Agenda and other commitments?
  • How can we improve the process of designing and implementing effective policy for young people?
    • How can we ensure that young people’s voices are heard in the policy process, and what changes are needed in government mind-sets and institutions to improve the lives and opportunities of young people?

Outcomes of the consultation

The findings of the consultation were presented at the OECD Forum in Paris in June 2015. You can download the summary report of the consultation here.