We are pleased to open bookings for our annual conference, The Gathering 2019.
This year, we’re doing things differently. Following each of our four previous conferences, we’ve received feedback that we’ve found difficult to reconcile: some attendees want smaller, more practical sessions that will provide them with actionable approaches to take back to their organisations. Some other attendees want deeper, longer plenary sessions that cover more ideas and allow them to hear a wider range of voices. We’ve historically tried to respond to all perspectives, but with a sense that we never quite manage to balance a diverse range of needs and wants.
So, this year, we’re going to do both: we’re separating our conference from break-out sessions for the first time, and holding a day long practical workshop on Tuesday 5 November. The next day, on Wednesday 6 November, we’re holding our annual conference, which will focus on creating space for the most exciting and thought-provoking ideas through a series of plenary sessions. Both days will be held at Toynbee Hall, a beautiful and vibrant venue with a history of creating space for powerful conversations.
We’d love it if you joined us for both days, of course, but we recognise that some people will find one of the days more relevant than the other. We’re offering tickets for each day separately, and for the two days (with a discount), including an informal get together on the evening of the first day.
Find out more and book tickets here
Generation Change is today transferring its Impact Accelerator programme to the Centre for Youth Impact, in order to support the creation of a more joined up and meaningful approach to learning and improvement in the youth sector.
The Impact Accelerator is a 12-month scheme in which youth organisations are supported through a structured process of reflection and improvement work. The scheme was jointly developed by Generation Change and Dartington Service Design Lab, and has recently been expanded through the #iwill Fund. The #iwill Fund is made possible thanks to £40 million joint investment from The National Lottery Community Fund and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to support young people to access high quality social action opportunities.
29 youth programmes are already part of the scheme, which the Centre hopes to expand and align with its work to develop evaluation and learning practice across the youth sector.
Bethia McNeil, Chief Executive of the Centre for Youth Impact, said:
“The Impact Accelerator is a powerful opportunity for youth organisations to focus on and strengthen the quality and impact of their work. It represents a really valuable addition to the Centre’s practice development offer, and we are excited by the opportunity to build on the work of Generation Change, and take the programme onwards into its next phase of life”
Emma Revie, Interim Chair of the Centre for Youth Impact, said:
“This is a really positive development for the Impact Accelerator, and for the youth sector more widely, and we’re very pleased to have been able to work with Generation Change to make this a reality”.
David Reed, Director of Generation Change, explained:
“Generation Change was founded by delivery organisations in order to drive systems change. Our goal in designing and scaling up the Impact Accelerator was to develop a robust, common benchmark for learning about effective practice - so that funders and practitioners can both focus on what’s important. Having achieved this in the youth social action space, we are delighted that the Centre is going to broaden its use across the whole youth sector.”
Sophie Livingstone, Chair of Generation Change said:
“We are excited to see the Centre for Youth Impact taking this forward as a universal approach that any youth organisation can engage with. It’s a fantastic legacy for what started in 2013 as a group of CEOs coming together to problem solve and an example of what true collaboration can achieve. It’s also a good example of knowing when to pass on the baton to others better placed to achieve your original mission.”
Generation Change will continue to act as a convening organisation for youth social action organisations, a role it has played since 2013, and will be consulting its Members about which areas of work it will be taking forward now that the Impact Accelerator will be delivered by the Centre for Youth Impact.
Generation Change is a movement of educators and youth organisations that offer social action opportunities for young people aged 5 - 25. Our mission is to respond to the needs of the changemaker generation, in equipping all young people to participate in social change and citizen service as a normal part of growing up. Over the past 6 years, Generation Change has driven systems change in the way youth social action opportunities are delivered, funded and recognised.
The Centre for Youth Impact is a community of organisations that work together to progress thinking and practice around impact measurement and improvement in youth work and services for young people. All young people should have access to high quality support and services that improve their life chances and we believe that more meaningful approaches to evaluation - and continuous improvement of quality and impact - will help us collectively to achieve this vision. We exist to lead a step change in the way all those working with and for young people understand and act on evaluation and continuous improvement.
The Impact Accelerator is a 12-month programme, designed by Generation Change, and jointly developed with the Dartington Service Design Lab, to help youth programmes to validate and improve their outcomes, using a common evidence framework. To date, 29 organisations have taken part in the programme, building a robust evidence base on the differing strengths of social action practices that have been developed in different settings.
This year our annual Gathering is being held on Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 of November, at Toynbee Hall, London. Day 1 will see our practice development team offer a structured programme of workshops, introducing all of the key elements of our approach to meaningful evaluation and learning for youth organisations. Day 2 will be our conference day, with a series of panel discussions and plenaries, exploring some key policy questions, opportunities and challenges for evaluation and quality improvement in the youth sector. Tickets will available for one or both days.
We will be sharing more details on the programme for both days in the coming weeks and months. For now, please mark the dates in your diary, and contact our Knowledge Manager, Jake Leeper, if you have any questions.
We’re pleased to announce the launch of a programme of pilot activities to test and refine a training curriculum for use across our Regional Impact Networks. This is a key part of growing our practice development ‘offer’ for youth organisations across England (and maybe further afield!): our aim is to provide freely available learning materials which are high quality, accessible and can be delivered in a variety of peer to peer contexts.
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