The Centre for Youth Impact has been commissioned by the Local Government Association to develop an outcomes framework that supports stakeholders across the informal and non-formal youth sector to agree common goals for their work, collaborate more closely, and improve commissioning through a better understanding of quality and impact in youth work and provision for young people.
We are starting by hosting two open sessions for any and all who are interested in shaping and feeding into the development process. They will be an opportunity to share your thoughts on previous outcomes frameworks that have been developed for youth work and provision for young people - particularly the Catalyst Framework of Outcomes for Young People - and discuss with peers the aspirations for a new/updated outcomes framework, alongside the opportunities and challenges for the project.
The first session is on 2 July, in Birmingham and will be hosted by Youth Focus: West Midlands. To register for the event, please use this Eventbrite page.
The second session will be on 13 July in London and will be hosted by Partnership for Young London. To register for the event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Centre for Youth Impact is hosting its fourth annual Gathering on Tuesday 18 September 2018. The event will be held at Resource for London, in Holloway, North London, and will focus on the relationship between impact, power and change.
Each of our last three annual conferences have brought together more than 100 participants with a strong and critical interest in evaluation, evidence and impact in youth work and provision for young people. Our conferences provide time and space for those working in the youth sector to reflect, talk openly and learn with peers, and to gather ideas that they can take back to their day to day role and use in practice. Inspiring and reflective speakers, and well-structured spaces for conversation, are critical in creating a valuable day for all.
We are again offering ticket prices based on organisation turnover – we hope this means that no one is excluded from attending on the basis of cost. Please get in touch if you still feel that cost is a barrier to your attending. We are, as ever, grateful for support and funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Skills, which means that we can heavily subsidise the costs of attending.
Here are a few people's favourite things from last year's event:
"The emerging honesty."
"I came with projects in mind and really connected them to today’s thinking."
"The diversity and relevance of participants."
Draft programme (to be updated as speakers confirm) is as follows:
09:30 – Registration
10:00 – Welcome from the Chair
10:10 – Keynote speech: Evidence is power? The role of evidence in strengthening the youth sector
11:10 – Workshop sessions*
(Lessons from collective impact; A shared evidence narrative for the youth sector; Putting relationships at the heart of practice and evaluation; Equality and equity in evaluation; Refocusing theory of change on common practice; The role of diagnostics in supporting organisational development)
12:10 – Lunch
13:10 – Workshop sessions*
14:10 – Plenary: Reframing power, impact and change: the role of quality, voice and collective action
15:10 – Break
15:30 – Plenary: The power of funding
16:10 – Closing address
16:30 – End
* The workshop sessions are repeated, so you will be able to attend two out of the six sessions. We will contact attendees in advance of the event in order to register for the workshops
In June the Centre for Youth Impact and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) are hosting a series of roundtables that will explore the steps necessary to create and sustain an ‘evidence base’ for informal and non-formal youth provision in England. In order to explore these questions, five roundtables are being held across various locations in England with a mixture local and national youth organisations, funders, commissioners, evaluators and policymakers all invited to join the debate. You can read a short paper that we’ve put together on the background for the roundtables here. We will also be producing a summary report after the events have taken place and will host a workshop at The Gathering to discuss the next stages of the work.
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