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Overview - identifying best practices in children's participation (PLA 42)

This paper describes the background to this special issue on Children's participation, from the Convention on the Rights of the Child to a symposium in Oslo, Norway on 'Children's Participation in Community Settings', where many of the papers in this issue have their foundation.

This special issue of PLA Notes examines issues surrounding the evaluation of children's participation. It considers:

- What happens when children have opportunities to play an active role in shaping their communities and the conditions for their own well-being
- How to determine if these initiatives serve the ideals of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
- How to make evaluation itself a partnership between children and adults.

This article was published in PLA 42: Children's Participation – Evaluating Effectiveness (October 2001). Participatory Learning and Action (PLA, formerly PLA Notes) is the world's leading series on participatory learning and action approaches and methods. PLA publishes articles on participation aimed at practitioners, researchers, academics, students and activists. All articles are peer-reviewed by an international editorial board.

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