The Method

Irrespective of the angle from which you approach the project, of one thing there is no doubt: Youth Talks is an innovative, inclusive, and totally unique concept, and has been ever since its very earliest inception.


The results of the Youth Talks consultation will feed into the various stakeholders of the initiative: the young people themselves, the Higher Education for Good Foundation, the partner schools and universities, major youth organisations and political institutions.

These results will be materialised and accessible in the form of a dynamic online mapping which will aim to show the aspirations, challenges, sacrifices and needs of young people in different regions of the world and in various socio-economic environments. This mapping will be complemented by videos highlighting excerpts from interviews as well as a library of sounds and images.

Reports outlining key trends and presenting the rigorous methodology used to analyse the data will also be made available to institutions and organisations. The raw data will be made available to researchers in order to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the field of education, and also in other related fields.

All the materials produced from this consultation have the unique aim of feeding and informing initiatives and actors who wish to contribute to societal transitions by responding to the needs of the world’s youth.

The Means of Contribution

All young people aged 15 to 29 worldwide are invited to contribute in two different ways:

> Individually by answering the Youth Talks online questionnaire: share your ideas and expectations by answering the questions freely and anonymously

Contribute collectively by participating in a Youth Talks activity: I exchange with other young people to together shape our vision of the future. Activities can be organised by anyone who is interested.

Analysis and Technology

The consultation is based on the Assembl Consultation platform, developed by  bluenove.

This consultation module allows the voice of the largest number of people to be heard in an efficient and intuitive way. It can be set up for consultations on any scale (small, medium or large) and has proven reliability. 

It allows for the collection of participants’ contributions through closed and open questions. Contributions that can be captured in text, audio or image format.

The Assembl technology is based on a semantic analysis algorithm which enables comparable responses to be grouped together by proximity of meaning (clustering) and to map consensus and breakdowns.

The output of each open or closed question is available through a “tracking link,” allowing the results of the data analysis to be viewed dynamically and in two formats:

  • A summary view of all semantic groups for a given question
  • A detailed view of a semantic group with all its verbatim records (on click)

Assembl Consultation is distinguished by the modularity of its question protocol and, above all, by the natural language processing algorithms which make sense of the thousands of responses collected during our consultations.