Youth Voice Journal (YVJ) is an international, multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal that publishes theoretical contributions and empirical studies on international issues affecting young people. YVJ is published by IARS Publications, a member of COPE. YVJ is ranked and indexed by Scopus, ORCID, Kudos, Criminal Justice Abstracts, EBSCO Information Services and The European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS).
Over the last three decades knowledge driven governance in the youth field has gained in importance. A conditional prerequisite is that evidence-based policy making emerges from empirical data analysis. This does not happen by magic. The following article starts from an in-depth analysis of a surprising indicator value, concerning young people’s electoral participation in Luxembourg and finally, develops a view on how evidence could ideally be produced. Measuring a concept is obviously not enough; evidence should namely be firmly grounded in a new role of the researcher, a reflective professionalization going beyond traditional confines and embedded organizational structures allowing a fruitful interaction between social research and decision making.
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