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About the YPQI Pilot (2018-2021)

With thanks to The National Lottery Community Fund, the Centre was able to pilot the Youth Programme Quality Intervention (YPQI) in the UK between 2018 and 2021.

Extensive research has demonstrated that the YPQI is effective in improving outcomes for young people, promoting a sustainable and supportive culture of organisational reflection and improvement, and refocusing evaluation on the quality of relationships within different settings. 

Since late 2018, The Centre for Youth Impact has supported a diverse range of organisations to pilot this ground-breaking quality improvement process, with the support of funding from the National Lottery Community Fund. The pilot group involved over 100 organisations from across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

Informed by the experience and ongoing feedback of pilot participants, we adapted the YPQI process, training and materials for the UK context. We also trained a group of experienced practitioners as external assessors and coaches to support organisations going through the process. 

Our goal for the YPQI Pilot and beyond was to build the foundations for a broad and sustainable adoption of the YPQI across the UK, supporting improvements to the quality of youth practice over the long term. To support this process, we commissioned detailed briefing papers on the policy practice context for each of the four UK nations. You can find these below. 

Click on the 'Frequently Asked Questions' buttons below to learn how the process works, and visit Just Quality to read about the research behind the approach. 

You can also read about our key takeaways from the Pilot, and how these have informed our process moving forward via ‘What we learnt from the YPQI Pilot’ below. This article introduces the next stage of our work on Just Quality, which takes a broader approach to quality improvement that is focused on equitable outcomes for young people. 

Following the Pilot, we are continuing to support practitioners who want to continue using the YPQI at their organisation. Find out more over on the YPQI Support Hub.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do all the acronyms stand for and what does the process involve? Find out here! 

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Policy and Practice Briefings (2019)

These briefing documents set out the policy and practice context for youth work in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and provide a summary of how the YPQI process fit within and could support that context in each case. 

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What we learnt from the YPQI pilot

Thoughts and reflections on our next steps for supporting a consistent and equitable approach to quality, at scale. 

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YPQI Implementation Research report

This research focuses on understanding how the YPQI has been, and could be, implemented in the UK. The research approach included mapping the YPQI process; interviews with staff at organisations taking part in the YPQI pilot; and interviews with stakeholders across the youth sector.