It is 2016, some six years since the Select Committee Report on Services for Young People pushed the debate about evidence and impact into the mainstream.
For some, this was a new conversation; for others, it was a repeat of many conversations that had gone before. The conversation shows no signs of going away, and has arguably only picked up pace. But where has the debate got to?
The Centre for Youth Impact is launching a new collection of essays that will help us to take stock, understand the differing perspectives, and explore where the conversation has taken us. The essays will bring together leading thinkers, practitioners and policy makers, along with young people who are reflecting on their role in this agenda. We hope that the essays will inform, challenge and encourage you, taking your thinking one step further.
The essays will be released in the run up to our annual conference in June. The first two essays, from Dr Nick Axford and Dr Genevieve Maitland Hudson, were published in April 2016.
Two further essays were published on 6 July 2016 at the Centre for Youth Impact Gathering 2016, from Jenny North and Tania De St Croix.
Since September 2016, four additional essays have been published via our monthly newsletter, from Kai Hopkins, Kaz Stuart and Steve Hillman, Emma Taylor, and Asha Ali, Beca Sandu and Michael Little.
Download the essays
Is 'What Works' a question we should still be seeking to answer?
Dr Nick Axford
The ins and outs of evidence: making sense of different perspectives on impact measurement
Dr Genevieve Maitland Hudson
Anxiety and Accountability - Impact Leadership in the Youth Sector
Questioning the Youth Impact Agenda
Tania De St Croix
The value of feedback for impact and beyond
An asset-based approach to Theory of Change
Kaz Stuart and Steve Hillman
Thinking about the virtues of character measurement
Relational social policy
Asha Ali, Beca Sandu and Michael Little
Beyond outcomes: Preserving the long term impact of youth work