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How to take part in a new research project about young people and their faith journeys


Who is sponsoring this research?

These organisations have partnered to create this research project. They will use the insights to help develop plans and resources for the future:

  • Church Army
  • Hope together
  • Scripture Union
  • The Church of England
  • Youth for Christ
  • Youth Alpha
  • Youthscape

When will the research take place and how much time will it take?

The research will take place between 7-13th December. The young people involved will be expected to spend around 2 hours in total, spread over 7 days.

Who is taking part in the research?

Around 25 young people aged 14 to 18 will be taking part in this research project. They will be from across the UK, a mix of male and female and from a wide variety of backgrounds.

We want to make sure those taking part don’t know each other. This is to help protect your anonymity and let you be as open and honest as you want in responding to questions.

Why should I take part?

  1. All those taking part will be given £60 as a thank-you for their time.
  2. We hope you will find taking part in the research interesting, enjoyable and insightful.
  3. You will be helping to improve the strategies and resources of the youth organisations you might be part of.

What will be discussed on the forum?

We will be discussing journeys of faith:

  • What has motivated, encouraged and inspired you in your faith
  • What you have found difficult and what has put you off
  • How you feel about your faith now, what keeps them going and what discourages
  • The role that other people have played in your faith journeys, including friends, family and church/Christian leaders.

Discussions will mainly be as a whole group but there will also be spaces for you to talk privately to the research moderators. Discussion will mainly be text only, but you will also have the option to reply with voice or video messages.

What is the role of the research moderator?

The research moderator will ask questions to get conversation going. Their main role is to listen and encourage you to join in. They won’t ever offer advice, pass judgement or express personal opinions (other than to gently encourage you to respond to a question).

How do I give my consent to take part?

If you would like to take part in the research you need to complete the online consent form below. You'll be asked to answer a few brief questions and then give your details we can get in touch.

Online consent form

After you have read this information and given your consent your youth worker (or the person who told you about this) will send your contact details to Propeller Research who specialise in looking after people taking part in research projects. They will call you to confirm the details, talk to you about what is involved, answer any questions you may have and arrange to pay the £60 incentive. You, or your parents can talk to them at any time about involvement in the research project.

Where will the online forum be hosted?

We are using a specialist research platform hosted by Liveminds. It is very easy to use and works on a mobile app (as well as desktop), online and offline. Those taking part will be invited to log in to discuss new topics/questions or to read responses to their posts. Liveminds will send full details of how to take part and will be available to help if needed during the research week.

What about safety, confidentiality, and data security?

This research complies with the Code of Conduct of the Market Research Society, which has strict guidance for conducting research with young people. Here is a link to the code: MRS Guidelines for Research with Children and Young People

All the information collected will be anonymous – no one will know you took part.

Any personal details we have collected to manage this research (for example, your name and contact details) will deleted at the end of the project.

More information

Here is more information on the organisations/people directly involved in the research.


Benita Hewitt of 9dot-research is managing the entire project. Benita will also be moderating all the discussions on the forum and be responsible for analysing and reporting the research.

Benita is a researcher with over 40 years experience. She has a current Enhanced DBS certificate. 9dot-research abides by the Market Research Society Code of Conduct, is registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office and complies with the Data Protection Act. The current registration number for the research agency is Z2460967. 9dot-research is also GDPR compliant.


Liveminds will be hosting the forum, including any necessary administration

Liveminds is a global market research company. Any personal data they have will be used to help people join the research platform and to keep people updated while the project is live. Contact details will never be used for anything else. Liveminds comply strictly with the Market Research Society's Code of Conduct.

Propeller Research

Propeller research will be responsible for looking after those taking part in the research, including any necessary administration and paying of incentives.

Lucie Shuker, Youthscape

Lucie will be assisting Benita with observing and moderating the forum.

Lucie is an experienced researcher, who runs the Youthscape Centre for Research. She was previously a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bedfordshire, where she worked on a range of projects with and for young people.

And finally...

If you would like to know more about this project please contact your youth leader who should have access to more information.

For any other information the research send an email to youthproject@9dot-research.co.uk

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