The Centre for Youth Impact is committed to working collaboratively to progress thinking and practice in impact measurement in youth work and provision for young people. Our vision is for all young people to have access to high quality programmes and services that improve their life chances. We believe that embedded approaches to more meaningful impact measurement are critical in achieving our vision.
The Research and Learning Manager will contribute both capacity and high-level expertise to the Centre’s small, dynamic staffing structure: this role will work alongside and support a small team to deliver complex and cutting-edge programmes of work aligned with the Centre’s strategic vision. We are looking for an outstanding candidate who is energised and excited by the opportunities to work with and alongside the youth sector to affect change. We need a highly-skilled and imaginative researcher, who understands and can communicate the science and evidence behind impact, measurement and improvement in social programmes.
We also need an accomplished project manager who is comfortable keeping large and detailed programmes of work on track. You will need to have an appetite for understanding and navigating complexity, with an inquisitive mind and interest in youth-focused public policy and system dynamics.
If the above sounds appealing, please send a copy of your CV and a covering letter (up to 800 words) that states how you meet the requirements set out in the person specification to email@example.com with the subject line ‘Research and Learning Manager application’. Please include in your letter your current salary.
Please also complete the anonymous equality and diversity survey form as part of the application.
For more information about the role and the person specification, please download the job description. If you have any specific questions about the role, please email Bethia McNeil, CEO, on firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an informal conversation.
The deadline for receipt of your application is 5pm on Thursday 28th February 2019. Applications received after this time will not be considered.
The first round of telephone interviews will be held on 7th and 8th March, with final round interviews on 19th and 20th March at our offices in Hackney Central, E8.
The Centre for Youth Impact has received £607,000 from The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest community funder across the UK, to lead a three and a half year (April 2018 to September 2021) test and learn project for a ground-breaking quality improvement initiative. The Youth Programme Quality Intervention (YPQI) was developed in the US and has never before been piloted in the UK. Through extensive research, the YPQI has been shown to improve outcomes for young people, to create a sustainable and supportive culture of organisational reflection and improvement, and to refocus evaluation on the quality of relationships and setting. It is an exciting and potentially transformative opportunity for the UK youth sector.
We are thrilled to announce the fourteen youth organisations taking part in the first English cohort to pilot the Social and Emotional Learning Programme Quality Assessment. Sites from all over the UK contacted us to hear about how the intervention would support youth workers create a context in which young people will grow, learn and thrive. The names of the organisations taking part in England are:
The Amber Foundation
Watford FC Community Sports and Education
Corner House Youth Project
Youth Focus North East
Positive Youth Foundation
London Borough of Tower Hamlets Youth Service
Lambeth Elfrida Rathbone Society
High Trees Community Development Trust
Orchestras for All
Young People Cornwall
A pre-requisite was for organisations to commit to the 12-month pilot and be motivated to improve their services. The sample was then chosen to offer diversity around a range of criteria including size, region, workforce, type of provision and needs of their service users. The diversity is intended to maximise learning for the pilot. Sites have all attended the first training delivered by the Weikart Centre in January. We will be recruiting pilot sites in Scotland and Wales in early spring 2019 and in Northern Ireland in autumn 2019.
Notes to Editors:
The National Lottery Community Fund
We are the largest community funder in the UK – we’re proud to award money raised by National Lottery players to communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Since June 2004, we have made over 200,000 grants and awarded over £9 billion to projects that have benefited millions of people.
We are passionate about funding great ideas that matter to communities and make a difference to people’s lives. At the heart of everything we do is the belief that when people are in the lead, communities thrive. Thanks to the support of National Lottery players, our funding is open to everyone. We’re privileged to be able to work with the smallest of local groups right up to UK-wide charities, enabling people and communities to bring their ambitions to life.
The Centre for Youth Impact has been commissioned by the Local Government Association to refresh the original Framework of Outcomes for Young People produced by the DfE-funded Catalyst Consortium in 2012. We are now at the end of the first phase of the project, and the final draft of the revised Outcomes Framework can be found here. We are actively seeking feedback on this document and are in the process of producing a user guide and training package for practitioners that will sit alongside it – this will be the focus of phase two of the project. In addition, we will be working with the National Youth Agency to incorporate the Framework into its revised Commissioning Guidance, and to develop supporting resources for commissioners.
This work is in response to LGA’s consultations that fed into its vision statement, Bright Futures: our vision for youth services, published at the end of 2017. Bright Futures notes:
“A clear outcomes framework can help to effectively monitor the impact of a service at key milestones to spot where things aren’t working and provide opportunities to make changes where needed. It can also support evidence of collective impact across the system.”
You can also view an Executive Summary of the full Outcomes Framework 2.0 document here.
Please contact Steve Hillman [email@example.com] with any feedback on the revised Outcomes Framework or to find out more about phase two.
In order to support its commitment to creating a quality youth service for all young people, the Labour Party have conducted a consultation to gain insights from organisations and people working in the youth sector. We limited our response to the final question, which related to effective evaluation. In it we argued that although some progress has been made much current evaluation practice focuses on proving at the expense of improving, is disconnected from practice and hasn’t contributed to a shared evidence base. We stressed the need for evaluation to be appropriate and proportionate to the type and scope of provision, embedded and actionable within reflective practice and shared and collective. We made a series of recommendations for Labour at national and local level around evaluation including; utilising existing tools and evidence before commissioning new work, and supporting a national data infrastructure to underpin the collection and analysis of evidence. You can read our response here.
In order to support its commitment to creating a quality youth service for all young people, the Labour Party have conducted a consultation to gain insights from organisations and people working in the youth sector. We limited our response to the final question, which related to effective evaluation. We argued that although some progress has been made much current evaluation practice focuses on proving at the expense of improving, is disconnected from practice and hasn’t contributed to a shared evidence base. We stressed the need for evaluation to be appropriate and proportionate to the type and scope of provision, embedded and actionable within reflective practice and shared and collective. We made a series of recommendations for Labour at national and local level around evaluation including; utilising existing tools and evidence before commissioning new work, and supporting a national data infrastructure to underpin the collection and analysis of evidence. You can read our response here.
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