About Next Generation
‘Next Generation’ is a series of global British Council research focusing on the attitudes and aspirations of young people, and the policies and conditions that support them in becoming creative, fulfilled and active citizens. The research projects examines young people’s views around education, employment, and lifestyle, as well as uncovering their hopes and fears for their country, their degree of international engagement and views on the wider world, and the values and beliefs that affect their lives. In countries where we have conducted multiple Next Generation reports, the first acts as a benchmark, with later reports taking more of a deep dive into a given area, such as democratic engagement or experience of conflict.
Why Next Generation?
The Next Generation programme is part of the British Council’s commitment to exploring youth voice and choice, and to putting research at the heart of our programming. The stated aims of the programme are to:
- Understand youth attitudes and aspirations
- Amplify youth voice
- Support better youth policy-making
The British Council believes it is important to listen to and engage with the young population as they will become the next generation of influencers, leaders and shapers of their countries.
Will there be more reports?
The first Next Generation report was launched in 2009 in Pakistan. This was followed by two more reports on youth voice in the country, each focusing on a different area of interest. Due to the report’s success, the research has since been replicated in Nigeria, Bangladesh, Tanzania, the UK, and Ukraine. Each of these reports was launched in reaction to a pivotal time in that country’s history and ensured the views of young people were reflected in national and international dialogues.
There is currently work underway in the South Africa, Turkey and Kenya, as well as a second phase of research in Tanzania. September 2017 will also see a new Next Generation UK report. The Next Generation series will continue to grow and contribute the insightful views of young people to international conversations.
How are youth perceptions gathered?
The Next Generation series uses a mixed-methodology approach to gather data in all countries in which the research has been undertaken. All Next Generation reports complete a desk-based literature review and conduct a national survey with a diverse segment of the young population which covers both urban and rural locations. A number of interviews and/or focus group discussions are also conducted, tailored to the needs of each project.
The methodology and sample size varies slightly between each country and will be explained in more detail within each report.