YHFG Research Agenda
To design and implement evidence-based interventions, YHFG needs to be knowledgeable on youth development in a broad sense, and have more in-depth expertise in our prioritised thematic areas (Education, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) of young people, Skills Development and Sustainable farming and market access). Continuous learning and development of knowledge are essential for YHFG, to be a relevant partner, to have a knowledge-base for our work on national policy, and to inform our communication to mobilise donor support for our youth development work. YHFG wants other actors – such as development aid organisations, public institutions and researchers – to see the value of incorporating youth development activities in their operations, and can provide technical assistance to other actors as well as take on a technical support role to strengthen youth development components in broader development programmes. Learning from the programmes and projects we implement is crucial, and collaborating with the respective state agencies like the Ghana Education Services (GES) and the Ghana Health Services (GHS) in data collection and assessing intervention models, strategies and approaches will be ways forward to learn and develop new methods. In developing knowledge and expertise, YHFG needs to stay up-to-date with research on youth development related topics. We will, therefore, strive to deepen collaborations with academic institutions and key knowledge-based Government agencies. Other ways of developing knowledge and expertise will be to collect and analyse data, and make research easily accessible; as well as to establish and adapt new methods and procedures that deliver results more effectively and efficiently. Reviewing academic articles, positioning the organisation as a sounding board to researchers and other development agencies, and initiating own studies on specific topics will also develop expertise.
Recent Research articles:
- Evaluation of a Sexual and Reproductive Health Education Programme: Students’ Knowledge, Attitude and Behaviour in Bolgatanga Municipality, Northern Ghana (pdf)
- Psycho-social correlates of condom use among young people in Bolgatanga, Ghana (pdf)
- Beyond love a qualitative analysis of factors associated with teenage pregnancy among young women with pregnancy experiehttp://www.yhfg.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Who-is-that-girl.pdfnce in Bolgatanga Ghana
- Who’s that girl? A qualitative analysis of adolescent girls’ views on factors associated with teenage pregnancies in Bolgatanga, Ghana
- Knowledge, Attitude and Practices Study on Reproductive Health Among Secondary School Students in Bolgatanga, Upper East Region, Ghana