One of the core beliefs underlying the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) is that children’s voices matter. Asking children for their input can be powerful because it provides rich data on child well-being that would not otherwise be accessible if we did not ask them – data that can be used to create environments and interactions which can promote children’s well-being. It is also tells children that their thoughts and feelings are valued and provides them a say in how their schools and communities should support them.
One way to obtain further insight into your MDI results is to conduct focus groups with children that ask them to reflect on your MDI data. Focus groups can provide a unique opportunity to obtain insight into how children perceive the results and their voices on the factors that matter.
Games and activities can be used to make focus groups more interactive and maintain attention. Here are some examples:
Remember, reaching a consensus is not the goal!
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