Research by University of Amsterdam
YOLO is Evidence Based.
During the past 18 years we developed our communication tools by constantly improving and testing them. Also YOLO.game has been tested. The test was carried out by the University of Amsterdam at several high schools by boys & girls in the age from 13-17 years old. The research was focused on the following main questions while playing the YOLO.game:
- Is the message of the different cards understood and discussed?
- How do students respond to the chosen atmosphere of the images?
The scores have been analyzed by a professor of the University and test analysis shows that most of the cards tested in between 3-4 on a scale of 1 to 4. So this is a high score. Only with 4 of the cards the high school students had some difficulty with the recognition of the message.
How do students respond to the chosen atmosphere of the images?
Also in the analyze of the test on this question the scores are 2.5 to 3 on a scale of 1 to 4.
On the extra questions as:
*are you happy with the messages and do you think the images are well chosen in atmosphere, respectful and humorous ?
76 % of the students said Yes.
*did you like to hear the thoughts and stories of the students from your group and did you dare to participate in the conversation. The response was positive
66% of the high school students prefer to have the information about the topics of SRHR at school and 26 % of the students also would like to talk about these issues and life skills with their parents.
So 92% of the teenagers would like to be informed about and to learn to talk more openly about sexual health and sexual rights and all the topics in between.
Also the teachers involved in this research were surprised by the outcome when the youngsters played the game and when they heard the dialogues amongst the adolescents. The students enjoyed the discussions and talked and shared a lot about different subjects, their own limits & wishes etc.
The YOLO.game works and brings a lot of fun and works – all participants: students & teachers confirmed.
So we are happy with the results and we continue to share this YOLO.game
References and further reading:
Comprehensive education, a global review; Unesco 2015
UNESCO National Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education,
An evidence-informed approach for schools, teachers and health educators; UNESCO 2009