One of the objectives of IMMERSE is to achieve meaningful participation in order to obtain an extensive and precise picture about the situation of refugee and migrant children in six countries. Since the project is involving a variety of different stakeholders, engagement and participation have to be adapted respectively.
Participatory assessments need to be age appropriate. This means adapting the methods, content and our expectations according to the age and developmental stage of the child. For instance, a workshop session with six-year olds will not directly produce a large volume of detailed textual information; it will still provide a picture of these children’s lives, their concerns and a sense of their well-being. It will give us an opportunity to engage and observe these children to cross-reference their views with that of other age groups.
Engaging and facilitating participation is possible in a wide variety of ways. Different formats and respective methods can be used for different occasion, objectives, and target audiences. The following list is meant to provide a short, if not complete overview over main formats.