Research and Evaluation at BYS
Our research and evaluation centres the voices and experiences of young people and their children.
We actively collaborate and consult with young people, academics, sector partners, and community to address gaps in knowledge and identify emerging support needs and challenges impacting the wellbeing of young people. We are committed to using evidence to continually improve the effectiveness of our work with young people.
Young People and Mental Health – A 7 Year Demographic Trend Analysis
This report summarises the findings from an analysis of seven years of Brisbane Youth Service’s assessment data on young people’s mental health diagnoses and self-rated mental health on intake. The report compared key demographic factors such as age, gender, cultural identities, sexuality, experience of disability, and parenthood.
Gender diverse young people and mental health: 7 year analysis, 2015-2022 Fact Sheet
This factsheet summarises the mental health assessment data for gender diverse young people accessing support from Brisbane Youth Service over the last 7 years.
Sexuality diverse young people and mental health 7 year analysis, 2015-2022 Fact Sheet
This factsheet summarises the mental health assessment data for sexuality diverse young people accessing support from Brisbane Youth Service over the last 7 years.
Young people with disability and mental health: 7 year analysis, 2015-2022 Fact Sheet
This factsheet summarises the mental health assessment data for young people with disability accessing support from Brisbane Youth Service over the last 7 years.
It’s time we turned off the taps. Australia’s children and young people should not be left homeless.
The Federal Government must address Australia’s child and youth homelessness problem. The argument for a National Child and Youth Housing and Homelessness Plan is not new. Many governments have attempted to address homelessness only to leave children and young people as one or two recommendations in an adult-focused strategy. While there have been many child and youth wellbeing strategies nationally (National Mental Health Commission’s National Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy’ for the most recent), they have not adequately addressed the issue of homelessness. The Federal Government has been largely silent on this issue.
A National Child and Youth Housing and Homelessness Plan, to Better Address the Complex Support Needs of Young People
Young people with complex support needs face a range of challenges and realities that a standalone National Child and Youth Housing and Homelessness Plan has the opportunity to address. Importantly, a national plan must not interpret homelessness as a ‘standalone issue’ or one that ends when young people are securely housed. Central to any national plan should be recognition of – and solutions to address – the broad range of co-occurring issues that drive and commonly arise as a result of homelessness.
Innovation ensures we continuously develop strategies, tools and programs to enhance the level of support available to vulnerable young people. Examples of this include:
Cross-Organisational data collection to measure and understand our impact.
Couch-surfing research to address a critical knowledge gaps.
A focus on the intersection of homelessness and violence in recognition of the complexity of working with intimate partner and family violence in a homelessness context.
Youth-led practice informed by our Youth Participation Strategy to ensure young people’s voices and experience guide our work.
Evaluated trials of new programs that enable young people to be diverted from or transition out of the homelessness system.
Research Guiding Principles
Research at BYS has four key guiding principles:
- Our research centres the voices and experiences of young people and their children, strategically prioritising forms of learning that have most capacity to benefit young people in navigating life challenges to thrive in the community.
- Our research is proactively collaborative and consultative in ensuring that we engage with academics, sector partners, community and young people at all stages.
- Our research upholds principles of reciprocity and pragmatism in ensuring that young people’s wellbeing is consistently the highest priority; and that research methods are adapted to ensure that young people benefit from their participation
- Our research recognises that young people’s experiences are highly complex, dynamic, intersectional and context-specific; and as such we strive to ensure that young people are ethically, respectfully and appropriately represented in all research outputs.