On 27 September 2022, in the framework of the Joint European Union/Council of Europe Project CP4Europe, adults and children from its 5 country Partners (Czech Republic, Finland, Iceland, Slovenia, and Portugal) met with Council of Europe experts Gerison Lansdown, Roberta Ruggiero and Cath Larkins to identify new outcome indicators which would be associated to the Council of Europe Child Participation Assessment Tool (CPAT). It was agreed that these indicators are essential to be able to measure to what extent children feel empowered to participate in decisions that affect them. These indicators are measures to test whether the changes governments have introduced to promote child participation are making a difference in children’s lives. The CP4Europe project has launched this process to follow up on the important work carried out by a number of other organisations and researchers working in this area.
In this context, the meeting was an opportunity to work further on the development of these indicators in light of what children think is important to measure and of the challenges that governments face, including with regards to the availability and reliability of information.
The experts will now continue to work on the development of outcome indicators on the basis of the information collected during this very successful meeting.