The Centre for Youth Impact is recruiting…. again. The more eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed that we appear to have been doing a lot of recruitment recently. We’re not looking to expand the Centre to the size of a couple of 11-a-side football teams though; it’s just that we haven’t got it quite right yet. We’ve been out to recruit twice since December, and on neither occasion did we make an appointment. It’s unlikely that we’ll ever know the precise reasons why (always a frustration for a researcher!), but we’ve spent a fair bit of time reflecting as we prepare to go out to recruit again.
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.
This blog was written by Bethia McNeil, Director of the Centre for Youth Impact. It is part of a pair blogs, written by James Noble, Impact Management Lead at NPC, and Bethia. You can read James's blog “Let's stop chasing our tails on impact measurement” here.
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