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Youth Programme Quality Intervention (YPQI) UK Pilot – second cohort announced


Following the announcement of our England cohort in February, it is our pleasure to announce that a further 15 youth organisations from Scotland, Wales and Jersey have now signed up to pilot the YPQI. 

In 2018 the Centre for Youth Impact received funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest community funder across the UK, to lead a three and a half year (April 2018 to September 2021) test and learn project for a ground-breaking quality improvement initiative. The Youth Programme Quality Intervention (YPQI) was developed in the US and is now being piloted in the UK for the first time. Through extensive research, the YPQI has been shown to improve outcomes for young people, to create a sustainable and supportive culture of organisational reflection and improvement, and to refocus evaluation on the quality of relationships and setting. It is an exciting and potentially transformative opportunity for the UK youth sector.

This programme involves working with cohorts of youth organisations from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Following the announcement of our England cohort in February, it is our pleasure to announce that a further 15 youth organisations from Scotland, Wales and Jersey have now signed up to pilot the YPQI, with a particular focus on Social and Emotional Learning. Our work together has already begun with some initial training, and the Centre is looking forward to supporting these organisations through every stage of the process.
All of the organisations participating in the pilot have committed to a 12-month pilot, during which time they will complete two full ‘cycles’ of the process. In autumn 2019, we will be recruiting our final cohort of organisations in Northern Ireland.
“Spartans has been delighted to participate in the Scottish cohort pilot of the YPQI. The self-evaluation, evidence-gathering and points system will ensure that we provide our young people with the best service possible through our youth work programmes. My staff team have really bought into the concept and are keen to use the findings to implement a continuous development plan to improve both themselves as practitioners and our youth work service as a whole.” 
Kenny Cameron, Youth Work Manager, Spartans Football Academy

You can find more information on about the pilot here. If you would like to discuss this further or are interested in being a pilot organisation, please get in touch with Sydney Church (, Research and Learning Officer.
The names of the organisations taking part in our second cohort are: 
Urdd Goabith Cymru
Senghenydd Youth Drop-in Centre (SYDIC)
Scouts Cymru
Challenge Wales
YMCA Swansea
MAD Swansea
Dundee City Council CLD Youth Work
East Dunbartonshire Council
Indi Youth
Moore House Care and Education
Renfrewshire Council
St. Paul's Youth Forum  
The Spartans Community Football Academy
Venture Scotland 
Jersey Youth Services

Notes to Editors:
The National Lottery Community Fund 

We are the largest community funder in the UK – we’re proud to award money raised by National Lottery players to communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Since June 2004, we have made over 200,000 grants and awarded over £9 billion to projects that have benefited millions of people.  
We are passionate about funding great ideas that matter to communities and make a difference to people’s lives. At the heart of everything we do is the belief that when people are in the lead, communities thrive. Thanks to the support of National Lottery players, our funding is open to everyone. We’re privileged to be able to work with the smallest of local groups right up to UK-wide charities, enabling people and communities to bring their ambitions to life.