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Training

We have a range of online and face-to-face training courses for anyone looking to embed programme quality and achieve meaningful impact in provision for young people.

By building the skills of practitioners, we can ensure they will be even better at achieving positive change with and for young people.

Our Impact and Improvement Training Curriculum is specifically designed for youth provision in the UK. The training sessions will build your knowledge and skills to:

  • design programmes
  • undertake quality monitoring
  • design appropriate evaluations
  • collect relevant and quality data
  • identify and embed organisational learning


All examples, techniques, and content is tailored to youth provision with issues of equity, diversity and inclusion, safeguarding, and ethical practice embedded throughout. All have a strong focus on ensuring that the views and experiences of young people are central to designing, delivering, and improving your provision.

Our tried and tested training sessions have been developed over many years of engagement with practitioners working with young people in a wide variety of settings and contexts. They are relevant to anyone engaged in informal and non-formal provision. They can be helpful to anyone new to impact and quality improvement; or those looking to refresh their skills.

We deliver training workshops sessions through face-to-face workshops and web-based online training. Our experienced and knowledgeable trainers are rooted in the youth sector and able to actively facilitate you to apply learning into your practice and relationships. Sessions are interactive using a wide variety of methods and learning techniques.

For details of specific courses, see below. If you are interested in commissioning a training course for your organisation or to register interest in an open access course, then just contact us.

All training has been refreshed in Spring 2022, with support from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Our courses

Click on the links below to see our latest training sessions:

Our training

An Introduction to Theory of Change

Date: 2-5pm, Tuesday 30 August 2022

This short course will familiarise you with the purpose and uses of a Theory of Change and how they can be constructed. A theory of change helps you, and other people, to be really clear about what you do with young people and the reasons for your design decisions.

By the end of the session participants should:  

  • Familiarise yourself with ‘theory of change’ – how they’re constructed and used 
  • Understand how to use a Theory of Change as a tool for developing your approach to evaluation
  • Begin to consider how you might draft a Theory of Change for your project or organisation. 

After completing this introductory course, you might like to book onto our next training programme which walks you through the process of writing your own your theory of change for the work you are delivering to young people.

You can find more resources to help you with this area of work in area two of our resource hub.

Participants:
12-14 

Time:
2 hrs 45 minutes 

Prior knowledge or training required:
None

Pre-training prep work:
Come prepared to discuss a project you work on or have worked on   

Sign up here.

Writing Your Theory of Change

Date: 9am-1pm, Friday 16 September 2022

This is a practical half day course walking you through all the stages of a Theory of Change. At the end of this course you will leave with a draft Theory of Change for a project or service. If you are not familiar with theories of change you may wish to do our introductory course before joining this practical workshop.

By the end of the session you will:  

  • Refresh your understanding of Theory of Change models and how to use them 
  • Draft a Theory of Change for your project or organisation. 

You can find more resources to help you with this area of work in area two of our resource hub.

Participants:
12-14 

Time:
4 hrs

Prior knowledge or training required:
You need to have an understanding of what a theory of change is and what it consists of. Ideally you will have taken part in ‘An introduction to Theory of Change’. 

Pre-training prep work:
Be prepared to discuss a project or programme you are working on to utilise when creating your Theory of Change. 

Sign up here.

Measuring Socio-emotional Skill Development

Date: 9am-1pm, Tuesday 20 September 2022

The Centre for Youth Impact understands the importance of socio-emotional skills as the fundamental building block of all human development. As such, they are fundamental to our outcomes framework. This half day course will enable you to understand socio-emotional skills, the importance of quality and how to measure both using readily available tools.

  • Understand what socio-emotional skills are 
  • Understand the importance of quality environments to promote socio-emotional learning 
  • Understand how to measure both the quality of environment and the development of socio-emotional skills over time. 

You can find more resources to help you with this area of work in area two of our resource hub.

Participants:
12-14 

Time:
3 hrs 50 mins 

Prior knowledge or training required:
This is a more advanced training, some prior MEL knowledge is advisable 

Pre-training prep work:
None

Sign up here.

Asking Good Questions

Date: 9am-12pm, Wednesday 12 October 2022

This training course will familiarise you with the Centre for Youth Impact’s ‘Asking Good Questions Framework’. The primary aim of this framework is to help you reflect on your approach to evaluation, and explore how to improve it by building evidence and insight across your work. The framework also explains why it is not enough just to gather data on one part of your provision – participation, for example, or outcomes. You need to build a bigger picture.

By the end of this training you will be able to:

  • Understand six good questions to reflect on the quality and impact of your work 
  • Understand the practical ‘Asking Good Questions’ framework 
  • Plan to embed the framework within your organisation.

After completing this course you might like to book onto our theory of change courses to understand more about systematically planning for and evaluating your work with young people.

You can find more resources to help you with this area of work in area three of our resource hub.

Participants:
12-14 

Time:
2 hrs 50 minutes 

Prior knowledge or training required:
None

Pre-training prep work:
None

Sign up here.

An Introduction to Monitoring and Evaluation in the Youth Sector

Date: 10am-3pm, Tuesday 8 November 2022

Monitoring and evaluation is a fundamental aspect of delivering provision for young people. This day long course will equip you with a basic understanding of how to plan and undertake monitoring and evaluation in order to evidence impact.

By the end of the day you will:

  • Understand terms related to Monitoring and Evaluation 
  • Have a basic knowledge of how to measure change 
  • Have a basic knowledge of how to conduct an evaluation. 

You can find more resources to help you with this area of work in area four of our resource hub.

Participants:
12-14 

Time:
5 hours 5 minutes (inc. breaks and lunch) 

Prior knowledge or training required:
None

Pre-training prep work:
Be prepared to discuss a project or programme you are working on. 

Sign up here.

Fidelity Monitoring

Date: 10am-12.30pm, Tuesday 22 November 2022

Fidelity monitoring is a system which allows organisations to show if their project has been implemented as intended. This is a short course designed for people with some understanding of monitoring and evaluation who would like to learn more about why fidelity monitoring is important and how they can introduce it into their organisation.

By the end of the session you will:

  • Understand why fidelity in relation to monitoring is important
  • Have considered how to introduce fidelity monitoring into your organisation’s processes.

You can find more resources to help you with this area of work in area four of our resource hub.

Participants:
12-14 

Time:
1 hour 40 minutes

Prior knowledge or training required:
An understanding of the basics of monitoring & evaluation

Pre-training prep work:
Be prepared to discuss the monitoring and evaluation work being done within your organisation

Sign up here.

Formative Evaluation

Date: 2-4.30pm, Wednesday 14 December 2022

Formative evaluation refers to the learning aspect of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) and allows organisations to modify projects and activities in order to improve outcomes and impacts. This short course is designed for people with some understanding of monitoring and evaluation who want to use their evaluation work to learn and adapt the work of their organisation.

By the end of the session you will:

  • Understand what formative evaluation is
  • Use this knowledge to make changes as needed in your organisation.

You can find more resources to help you with this area of work in area six of our resource hub.

Participants:
12-14 

Time:
2 hrs 5 minutes

Prior knowledge or training required:
An understanding of the basics of monitoring & evaluation

Pre-training prep work:
Be prepared to discuss the evaluation culture in your organisation

Sign up here.

Sharing Your Impact

Date: 2-4pm, Monday 23 January 2023

This short course is designed for people with some understanding of monitoring and evaluation who want to learn more about the different ways in which you could share your impact and the story of your organisation.

By the end of the session you will:

  • Be comfortable taking a measured approach to telling your organisation’s story (to make them accessible to your readers)
  • To know what information should be included in an evaluation report
  • To be confident in making appropriate and proportionate claims about the impact of your work.

You can find more resources to help you with this area of work in area six of our resource hub.

Participants:
12-14 

Time:
1 hr 50 minutes

Prior knowledge or training required:
An understanding of the basics of monitoring & evaluation

Pre-training prep work:
Be prepared to discuss a project or programme you are working on.

Sign up here.

Understanding Different Types of Data

Date: 10am-4pm, Thursday 16 February 2023

This course is designed for people with some understanding of monitoring and evaluation who want to learn more about the different types of data they might use and how to choose between them.

By the end of the session you will:  

  • Understand the strengths and limitations of the different data and data collection tools used in evaluations 
  • To consider what data and data collection tools may be meaningful in your context 
  • Be confident in the rationale behind the choices you make
  • Understand the importance of quality data. 

You can find more resources to help you with this area of work in area four of our resource hub.

Participants:
12-14 

Time:
5 hours

Prior knowledge or training required:
An understanding of the basics of monitoring & evaluation

Pre-training prep work:
Be prepared to discuss a project or programme you are working on.

Sign up here.

Youth Voice in Impact Evaluations

Date: 10am-4pm, Tuesday 7 March 2023

This half day course will enable you to understand how to gather evidence from young people and how to tell the story of their work equitably and ethically.

By the end of the session you will be able to:  

  • Understand how and when to involve young people’s feedback into your evaluations
  • Discuss the benefits of involving young people in building an evidence base for your theory of change
  • Understand the benefits of adult led, co-design and youth led service and evaluation design 
  • Use Equitable Storytelling. 

You can find more resources to help you with this area of work in area five of our resource hub.

If you are interested in knowing more about involving young people in research, you might want to book onto our youth participatory research training course.

Participants:
12-14 

Time:
4 hrs 25 minutes  

Prior knowledge or training required:
Prior knowledge of monitoring and evaluation is advisable

Pre-training prep work:
None

Sign up here.

Creative Data Collection and Analysis Workshop

Date: 9.30am-4.30pm, Tuesday 18 April 2023

This day workshop will equip you with a firm understanding of when to use a range of different creative data collection tools and how to analyse the data they produce.

By the end of the day you will be able to:

  • Understand why and when you might use creative data collection tools
  • Develop awareness of the breadth of creative data collection tools
  • Understand the benefits and limitations of creative data collection tools
  • Understand the benefits and limitations in analysis of creative data sets.

You can find more resources to help you with this area of work in area six of our resource hub.

Participants:
12-14 

Time:
7 hrs

Prior knowledge or training required:
Have prior experience of some data collection.

Pre-training prep work:
Come prepared to discuss a project you work on or have worked on

Sign up here.

Shared and Collective Measurement

Date: 9am-12.30pm, Tuesday 9 May 2023

Understanding impact across a range of services can be a challenge. Equally, understanding the impact all youth provision has in an area seems daunting as they may each have different theories of change and evaluation plans. This short course will help you to think through ways to demonstrate collective impact through shared measurement.

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand what shared measurement can look like 
  • Understand where your organisation could contribute to shared measurement in the youth sector currently and moving forward.

You can find more resources to help you with this area of work in area seven of our resource hub.

Participants:
12-14 

Time:
3 hrs 15 minutes 

Prior knowledge or training required:
This is an advanced training – MEL and Impact Measurement knowledge is essential.  

Pre-training prep work:
Knowledge of the impact work of your organisation 

Sign up here.