This blog was written by Pippa Knott, Head of Networks at the Centre for Youth Impact
Pippa Knott is Head of Networks at the Centre for Youth Impact. She is part of a small team that has established and developed the Centre, and has talked increasingly about creating the conditions for meaningful impact measurement. This requires shifts in culture and behaviour as much as developments in methodological design and research tools.
Will Millard is a Senior Associate at the education and youth think and action tank, LKMco. LKMco works across the education, youth and policy sectors, helping organisations develop and evaluate projects for young people, and carrying out academic and policy research. LKMco seeks to help practitioners and organisations working with young people develop and use stronger evidence to help enhance their impact.
The Centre for Youth Impact and LKMco are both part of (overlapping) evidence movements, and want to play our part in helping people across our respective sectors engage with evidence and promote its place in improving service design, quality, and sustainability.
When treasuring is measuring, and why we might need a rethink
In this blog jointly written by Bethia McNeil, Pippa Knott and Matt Hill, the Centre’s core team responds to some of the key issues raised by Tony Taylor’s article regarding measurement in personal and social development. The Centre addresses the challenges found in the current dominant measurement framework and propose a rethink of the value of measurement in youth work.
In an article originally published in Campbell Tickell’s CT Brief, the Centre’s Pippa Knott explores charities’ different objectives in undertaking impact measurement – and on whose behalf. She argues that the mission must be to understand impact and care about getting meaningful answers, rather than seeking tick-box ways to respond to others’ demands.
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