This blog is co-authored by Bethia McNeil, our Chief Executive, and Ed Anderton, our Acting Director of Practice Development. In it, they share some reflections about the use of cost-benefit analysis in the youth sector, with reference to programmes such as the National Citizen Service, and the Youth Investment Fund.
The Centre for Youth Impact is recruiting and so we wanted to share our thoughts on why recruitment matters to us.
In this blog, Bethia McNeil, CEO at the Centre for Youth Impact, shares her reflections on our annual conference. This year's conference explored the relationship between impact, power and change.
The place of power in evaluation is an interesting question to ponder: it is somehow everywhere and yet simultaneously nowhere. Power relations could arguably be the single biggest influence on how an evaluation is designed, undertaken and experienced: power often decides the questions that an evaluation is seeking to answer, and how it goes about answering them. Yet in the results, or the write up – particularly of large scale, ‘heavyweight’ impact studies and service evaluations, these power relations are rarely explicitly acknowledged. This is despite acknowledging that many go into the evaluation ‘profession’ precisely because they wish to amplify the voices of those who are seldom heard or listened to, and to redress some of the power imbalances that persist.
Our monthly newsletter collects news, events, research and blogs from the Centre, our networks and practitioners and organisations around the world. Sign-up here