Youth Study on Transitions and Evolving Pathways in Singapore (Youth STEPS)

Synopsis:

This research study is the first national long-term research conducted on youth in Singapore. It is a collaboration between the National Youth Council (NYC) and the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) Social Lab at the National University of Singapore.

The study aims to build a holistic understanding of youth in Singapore, including their educational/career pathways and trajectories, life outcomes and the factors that contribute to these desired outcomes. It involves a nationally-representative panel who will be recruited and tracked over six years, from 2017 to 2022. 3,600 young people aged between 17 and 19, and 20 and 24, will be asked about their sense of rootedness, family relationships, societal engagement and economic mobility. The findings aim to help policymakers formulate more relevant youth policies and programmes for Singapore.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. How was I chosen for this Study?
  2. What do I have to do for this Study?
  3. How long will the interview take?
  4. Can I refuse to take part in the Study?
  5. Where will the interview be conducted?
  6. When will the interview be conducted?
  7. Will I be paid for participating in this Study?
  8. Are there any risks in participating in this Study?
  9. Will my information be passed to other parties?
  10. Who is conducting this Study?
  11. Where can I learn more about findings of this Study?

1. How was I chosen for this Study?

Your address was randomly selected from the database of all residential addresses in Singapore. This sample selection service for household surveys is a public resource provided by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Singapore for research purposes. We will interview 3,600 youths who are Singapore citizens or Permanent Residents aged between 17 and 24 years old. Each respondent will be sent an invitation letter. See Invitation Letter here

2. What do I have to do for this Study?

You will be asked to complete a questionnaire on matters concerning life aspirations, quality of relationships, personal values and attitudes, as well as achievements and mobility. The questionnaire is available in English only. The interview session will be conducted as follows:

  • You will be briefed on the details of the Study. See Participant Information Sheet here.
  • Interviewer will take your informed consent (see Consent Form here), and your parents’ consent (see Parental Consent Form here), if you are below 18 years old.
  • You will be asked for your responses to the survey questionnaire.

3. How long will the interview take?

The duration of the interview will vary from one respondent to the next, depending on the respondent. Typically, an interview will take around 30 minutes to complete.

4. Can I refuse to take part in this Study?

Your participation in this Study is entirely voluntary. While there are no direct benefits from taking part, your input will help researchers better understand the characteristics of youth development and transitions in Singapore – with the aim of informing policymakers.

5. Where will the interview be conducted?

You may request for the interviewer to conduct the survey at the location of your choice. The interview can take place at your home, office, or even a public place. If you prefer, you can make an appointment for the interviewer to meet you at your chosen location.

6. When will the interview be conducted?

You may request for the interviewer to conduct the survey at your preferred time and date. You have the option to make an appointment for the interviewer to return to your household or the location of your choice.

7. Will I be paid for participating in this Study?

Upon successful completion of the interview, participants will be given S$20 worth of vouchers as reimbursement for time spent on the survey. Incomplete interviews will not be eligible for the receipt of the vouchers.

8. Are there any risks in participating in this Study?

You may refuse to answer any question in the survey. At any point during the interview, you may stop for a break, and have the option to arrange another time for the interviewer to return. If you decide to discontinue the interview and withdraw from the Study, your information will be deleted from our database. You will not receive the S$20 reimbursement.

9. Will my information be passed to other parties?

Information collected for this study will be kept strictly confidential and stored under secure conditions. Your data and responses, to the extent of applicable laws and regulations, will not be made available to other parties. Only the Principal Investigator, Data Administrator and Study Sponsor will have full access to the data with personal identifiers.

10. Who is conducting this Study?

The Study is conducted by Social Lab at the Institute of Policy Studies, at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore in collaboration with the National Youth Council. The Principal Investigator of the Study is Dr Leong Chan-Hoong, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies.

11. Where can I learn more about the findings of this Study?

Online versions of the participant information sheet in different languages are available here. If you are a survey participant and have not received your information pamphlet by post, please contact IPS Social Lab at the details below.