Research and Youth Programme Development


  • Richard Carter Director of Youth, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, Government of Barbados


This paper articulates the simple thesis that a research-driven approach is an imperative for youth programme formulation. Ironically, although it is a thesis that is by no means new and one that receives strong support at the conceptual level, the evidence is that a substantial proportion of youth programming has its genesis in the perceptions of policy makers and in the interests of politicians rather than in the needs of youth. It is a scenario that we can continue only to our own eventual peril.