In 2015, the National Lottery Heritage Fund recognised that young people were underrepresented as audiences, participants and volunteers in the heritage sector. In response they developed ‘Kick the Dust’, an investment of £10 million in 12 projects selected by young people that bring together heritage and youth organisations.
The Centre is working alongside Renaisi as learning partners on Kick the Dust and you can read about what has been learned so far in the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s latest blogs on involving young people in heritage and what we learned in year two. Also look out for #kickthedust on social media.
At the Centre, we are regularly asked what the youth sector is thinking and ‘doing’ about evaluation. Sometimes this is about trends – “do most youth organisations have a Theory of Change now?’ – and sometimes it is about perceptions – “what do youth workers think about gathering data from young people?”. Sometimes we have questions that we’dlove to hear practitioners’ voices on, like “how do you use your smart phones in your work with young people?”. We talk to lots of practitioners every week, but often struggle to represent the breadth of views and experiences. We wanted to find a way to enable those working with and for young people to share their thoughts on evaluation quickly and easily – with us and with each other - so we can collectively understand how it’s experienced now, and how it could be better.
‘Asking Good Questions: The Survey’ is a regular anonymous survey created by and for organisations working with young people. We’d love for you to take part: you can access this month’s survey here. The survey will be open for 3 weeks and will close on 27 February.
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