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Our thoughts - Bethia McNeil

8 July 2021

This month, Bethia McNeil, CEO at the Centre for Youth Impact, ponders the meaning and emerging focus of ‘learning’ within evaluation.

5 ways to make measurement of youth provision more meaningful

10 June 2021

Looking to the future and building on the learning from the Youth Investment Fund (YIF),  the Centre's Research Fellow Kelly Bradshaw-Walsh looks at ways to make measurement of youth provision meaningful.

Final reflections on The Listening Fund Scotland

10 June 2021

Dr Jo Hickman-Dunne reflects on lessons learned from The Listening Fund Scotland evaluation and the ways in which young people can have a greater say in shaping the provision they receive.

Our thoughts - Josef Fischer

10 June 2021

For this month's 'Our thoughts', the Centre's Data Lead Josef Fischer shares what he’s been working on and how our outlook may be affected by our ‘cultural lens’.

Our thoughts - Soizic Hagege

13 May 2021

Each month, our team members set out what’s currently occupying their thoughts. For May's 'Our Thoughts', Enterprise Development Manager Soizic Hagege reflects on her first few weeks at the Centre and the power of enterprise when embedded into youth organisations.

Next steps for Just One Question

5 May 2021

Tom Burke and Catherine Mitchell unveil our new partnership with UK Youth and share plans for improving how we amplify the voices of practitioners. 

Our thoughts - Catherine Mitchell

15 April 2021

This month, Catherine Mitchell, the Centre's Organisational Learning Lead, reflects on barriers to evaluation practice and the steps we can take to create 'good thinking environments' for all.

Practitioner Panel launches aka. Avengers Assemble

15 April 2021

Tom Burke introduces how our Practitioner Panel is shaping the work of the Centre and outs himself as a Marvel movie fan…

The Centre for Youth Impact appoints three new trustees

25 March 2021

The Centre is delighted to announce three new appointments to the Board of trustees; Devina Paul, Yetunde Ogundele and Sagar Sharma.

Reflecting on equitable and anti-racist evaluation practice for the youth sector

11 March 2021

In late 2020, the Centre for Youth Impact commissioned Sarah-Jane Danchie, Director at The Social Investment Consultancy (TSIC) Africa, to explore and draw together resources focused on equitable and anti-racist evaluation, and frame some priority questions to guide our future work. 

Our thoughts: Leanne Freeman

11 March 2021

This month, Dartington Service Design Lab's Leanne Freeman, coming to the end of her secondment role at the Centre, reflects on the importance of strong relationships in project delivery.

Working online - what does good look like?

10 March 2021

Kevin Franks, CEO of Youth Focus North East and our Regional Network Lead for the NE, reflects on the first regional event of 2021.

Creating order from chaos: encouraging long term thinking about rapid response work

11 February 2021

This month, Jo Hickman Dunne, Project Officer at the Centre, reflects on how we can begin to make clearer decisions about what our services should look like as we move towards the ‘new normal’.


How can we best advance meaningful engagement with evidence, when acceptance of evidence is optional?

14 January 2021

Spoiler alert: I don’t have an answer to this question, but it’s something that’s been weighing heavy on my mind and I think should be examined within the evaluation field specifically.

A fond farewell

3 December 2020

Ed Anderton, our outgoing Director of Practice Development, shares some of his learning from his time with the Centre.

The Centre for Youth Impact Practitioner Panel

3 December 2020

As part of the legacy of the Youth Investment Fund, and particularly the importance of collaboration with practitioners through the evaluation design process, the Centre for Youth Impact is establishing a new Practitioner Panel.