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Author: Maria Souza

YoPA members participate in Realist Evaluation and Synthesis Training

July 10th, 2024

On May 27th and 30th, YoPA PhD students and some of the senior researchers engaged in a valuable training led by Dr. Justin Jagosh, Director of the Centre for Advancement in Realist Evaluation and Synthesis. This introductory workshop provided participants with a comprehensive understanding of the Realist approach and equipped them with practical tools for implementation, which will be crucial for applying the methodology within YoPA.

Topics covered included realist philosophy, program theorizing, developing CMO configurations and initial program theories, as well as tools for realist synthesis. The training significantly bolstered the team’s methodological skills and knowledge, as Vongani Maluleke, PhD student from the University of Witwatersrand expressed:

The realist evaluation workshop broadened my understanding about what the theory attempts to achieve, such as what works, for whom, and under which circumstances. I understand it is theory driven and made to assess policies, programmes, services, and interventions. The workshop also improved my understanding between realist evaluation and realist synthesis which differs through primary and secondary analysis“.


July 2nd, 2024

On May 27th and 30th in Aalborg, Denmark, the YoPA Action Teams from both youth centres presented their amazing ideas and models for the local intervention created during the co-creation sessions 🇩🇰

The adolescents showcased their hard work and creativity, gathering valuable feedback from other stakeholders. The events were a huge success with everyone — adolescents, adults, and the YoPA team — sharing the excitement about the process so far. 🌟

đź‘Ź Congratulations to everyone involved!

YoPA Project Presentation at CONNECTION Kick-Off

June 19th, 2024

On May 22nd and 23rd, YoPA’s PI, Prof. Dr. Mai Chin A Paw, from Amsterdam UMC, presented the YoPA project at the kick-off of the European research project CONNECTION, led by Prof. Dr. Carla Lopes of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto (Portugal). Mai’s presentation focused on two main messages:

  1. Targeting System Disruption: Interventions are needed to disrupt current unequal systems and optimize local systems for healthy diets and physical activity.
  2. Engaging the Real Experts: The involvement of youth with lived experience is crucial for relevant change.

Prof. Mai Chin A Paw explained the YoPA project’s approach and its alignment with these objectives, emphasizing the importance of youth participation in creating impactful interventions.

Sharing ideas and collaborating between international research projects is inspiring and crucial for the urgently needed progress in our knowledge and practice.

YoPA Action Team meetings begin in Osogbo, Nigeria

June 17th

YoPA co-creation sessions in Nigeria are in full speed! 🇳🇬 🚀

Since May 9th, The Ido Osun High School in Osogbo has been hosting the YoPA Action Team meetings on a weekly basis. Under the guidance of facilitators Adefunke Ogunleye and Ademola Adebisi from VARCE Nigeria, and Anita Okafor, PhD student from Redeemer’s University, 22 adolescents aged 10-14 are engaging enthusiastically in the activities and discussions.

Their excitement and dedication to join the project are a demonstration of the positive impact and potential of the YoPA initiative.

Stay tuned for more updates as they continue their journey with YoPA!

YoPA’s April Newsletter

May 28th, 2024

The third YoPA newsletter was published on May 9th, including the project highlights and updates from January to April 2024.

Read the full newsletter by clicking here or on the image below and subscribe for future quarterly editions.