Data

General Issues
Social Welfare
Specific Topics
Youth Employment
Youth Issues
Location
Victoria
Australia
Scope of Influence
Regional
Files
Staying on track participants report
Links
https://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/programs-and-projects/staying-on-track
Videos
Staying on Track Youth Jury
Start Date
End Date
Ongoing
No
Time Limited or Repeated?
A single, defined period of time
Purpose/Goal
Make, influence, or challenge decisions of government and public bodies
Develop the civic capacities of individuals, communities, and/or civil society organizations
Approach
Consultation
Spectrum of Public Participation
Not applicable or not relevant
Total Number of Participants
54
Open to All or Limited to Some?
Limited to Only Some Groups or Individuals
Recruitment Method for Limited Subset of Population
not
Targeted Demographics
Youth
General Types of Methods
Deliberative and dialogic process
General Types of Tools/Techniques
Facilitate dialogue, discussion, and/or deliberation
Facilitate decision-making
Specific Methods, Tools & Techniques
Deliberation
Q&A Session
Citizens' Jury
Legality
Yes
Facilitators
Yes
Facilitator Training
Professional Facilitators
Face-to-Face, Online, or Both
Face-to-Face
Types of Interaction Among Participants
Discussion, Dialogue, or Deliberation
Ask & Answer Questions
Information & Learning Resources
Expert Presentations
Written Briefing Materials
Decision Methods
Voting
If Voting
Super-Majoritarian
Communication of Insights & Outcomes
Public Report
Type of Organizer/Manager
Government-Owned Corporation
For-Profit Business
Funder
VicHealth
Type of Funder
Government-Owned Corporation
Staff
Yes
Volunteers
No

CASE

Staying on Track Youth Jury

General Issues
Social Welfare
Specific Topics
Youth Employment
Youth Issues
Location
Victoria
Australia
Scope of Influence
Regional
Files
Staying on track participants report
Links
https://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/programs-and-projects/staying-on-track
Videos
Staying on Track Youth Jury
Start Date
End Date
Ongoing
No
Time Limited or Repeated?
A single, defined period of time
Purpose/Goal
Make, influence, or challenge decisions of government and public bodies
Develop the civic capacities of individuals, communities, and/or civil society organizations
Approach
Consultation
Spectrum of Public Participation
Not applicable or not relevant
Total Number of Participants
54
Open to All or Limited to Some?
Limited to Only Some Groups or Individuals
Recruitment Method for Limited Subset of Population
not
Targeted Demographics
Youth
General Types of Methods
Deliberative and dialogic process
General Types of Tools/Techniques
Facilitate dialogue, discussion, and/or deliberation
Facilitate decision-making
Specific Methods, Tools & Techniques
Deliberation
Q&A Session
Citizens' Jury
Legality
Yes
Facilitators
Yes
Facilitator Training
Professional Facilitators
Face-to-Face, Online, or Both
Face-to-Face
Types of Interaction Among Participants
Discussion, Dialogue, or Deliberation
Ask & Answer Questions
Information & Learning Resources
Expert Presentations
Written Briefing Materials
Decision Methods
Voting
If Voting
Super-Majoritarian
Communication of Insights & Outcomes
Public Report
Type of Organizer/Manager
Government-Owned Corporation
For-Profit Business
Funder
VicHealth
Type of Funder
Government-Owned Corporation
Staff
Yes
Volunteers
No

In Victoria, Australia, a jury of randomly selected young people aged 18-25 were mandated with the task of considering how the state can support young adults in the transition from study to full time work.

Problems and Purpose

The Staying on Track Youth Jury was convened by VicHealth in 2018 to address the challenge of young adults finding stable work. Australian research has shown that finding stable work after finishing education is a major challenge for young Victorians and Australians and can impact mental health and family relationships. In addition, finding a stable job now takes considerably longer than it did for previous generations [1].

The aim of the jury was to engage a group of Victorians aged 18-25 to consider the issue in-depth and provide a range of ‘asks’ to VicHealth for how the state can support young people on the journey from education into work [2].

Background History and Context

VicHealth is a health promotion foundation founded in 1987 as part of the anti-tobacco campaign. It was established by the Victorian government as a statutory authority and played an important role in taxing tobacco and helping reduce smoking in the state. They conduct research into public health issues including mental health, race discrimination, violence against women and healthy eating.

In 2015, VicHealth convened a citizens’ jury on obesity which also involved asking participants to develop a number of ‘asks’. This is slightly different to some citizens’ juries where participants are asked to respond to a specific policy proposal.

Organizing, Supporting, and Funding Entities

The youth jury was convened by VicHealth, a statutory authority in Victoria. It was designed and facilitated by MosaicLab. A number of other youth support organisations supported the process [3].

Participant Recruitment and Selection

The youth jury engaged 54 young adults aged 18-25 from around the state who were emailed a welcome invite. The group included a variety of nationalities and languages spoken at home, and different levels of education and work situations [4]. It is not clear from the information available exactly how the participants were recruited or whether the sample was random or stratified.

Methods and Tools Used

The jury followed a citizens’ jury model, although differed in that the group met over three consecutive days, whilst juries more often meet several times over a longer period. In addition, it is not known whether the process utilized sortition for recruiting participants.

What Went On: Process, Interaction, and Participation

The jury met over three consecutive days. On the first day, facilitators engaged the group with the idea of critical thinking skills. The jury also heard from invited speakers and reviewed submissions from relevant organisations.

The second day saw the group drafting and refining some ideas and themes. On the final day, ideas were refined into final ‘asks’ and were decided on by super-majority before being presented as a final report to VicHealth. 

Influence, Outcomes, and Effects

A final report of the process, including the jury’s 11 asks, was launched in October 2018. VicHealth reports that the jury’s work will be used ‘promote further discussion’ on the issue. It is not clear whether or how the recommendations will result in concrete changes [5].

Analysis and Lessons Learned

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See Also

Victoria's Citizens' Jury on Obesity

References

[1] Staying on Track Youth Jury (2018). Staying on Track: The Youth Deliberative Forum Partipants' Report [pdf]. Available at: https://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/-/media/ResourceCentre/PublicationsandResources/Mental-health/Staying-on-track-participants-report.PDF?la=en&hash=3D01A20840C36E9550CCD91ABF1393BD3B4FB2D0

[2] VicHealth (2018). Staying on Track. Available at: https://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/programs-and-projects/staying-on-track

[3] Staying on Track Youth Jury (2018). Staying on Track: The Youth Deliberative Forum Partipants' Report [pdf]. Available at: https://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/-/media/ResourceCentre/PublicationsandResources/Mental-health/Staying-on-track-participants-report.PDF?la=en&hash=3D01A20840C36E9550CCD91ABF1393BD3B4FB2D0

[4] Ibid, p. 8

[5] VicHealth (2018). Staying on Track. Available at: https://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/programs-and-projects/staying-on-track

External Links

https://www.mosaiclab.com.au/current-projects

https://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/programs-and-projects/staying-on-track

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