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#iWill Fund Learning Hub: Systems

This work will develop our understanding of barriers and enablers in building and strengthening sustained youth social action. It will support the identification of emerging practice and the testing of potential new solutions as well as to help guide investment decisions.​

(a) Systems Mapping

Co-production workshops, supported by research briefings, will build the understanding of barriers to, and opportunities for, embedding and sustaining youth social action in three priority themes: education, place, and the relationship between youth social action and ‘all ages’ social action. Workshops are attended by Match Funders, invited grantees, and other invited stakeholders. (Sept 2018 – Mar 2019). Publications:

Exploring Integration of Youth Social Action and ‘All-Ages’ Social Action

This paper looks at how well ‘youth social action’ is integrated with ‘all-ages social action’ and whether there is scope for further integration to increase the impact and sustainability of social action. ​This report was produced as part of Dartington’s Service Design Lab’s work leading the #iwill Fund Learning Hub.

Increasing Youth Social Action in Place

In the context of the ‘Systems Mapping’ workstream, Renaisi and the Lab worked with #iwill Fund Match Funders, and delivery organisations to understand the ways in which ‘place’ can be a useful strategy in developing, and supporting, more youth social action opportunities. The report makes recommendations for funders to work in ‘place-informed’ ways to embed youth social action sustainably.

Increasing Youth Social Action in Education

This report was produced, in partnership with Renaisi, as part of Dartington’s Service Design Lab’s work leading the #iwill Fund Learning Hub. In the context of the ‘Systems Mapping’ workstream, we worked with #iwill Fund Match Funders, education professionals, and delivery organisations to understand the barriers and opportunities towards establishing youth social action in schools, and the responses funders could make.

Increasing Youth Social Action in Education (abridged)

This is an abridged version of the report produced in the context of the ‘Systems Mapping’ workstream, in partnership with Renaisi, as part of Dartington's Service Design Lab's work leading the #iwill Fund Learning Hub.

Organisations Delivering Youth Social Action within the #iwill Fund

This paper maps some of the organisations receiving support from the #iwill Fund Match Funders against organisational ‘type’ and looks at the implications for the quality and sustainability of the youth social action delivered. Recommendations are made on how Match Funders and the #iwill Fund can respond to these implications. This paper follows on from a previous report looking at the integration of youth social action and ‘all-ages’ social action.

(b) Funder Collaboration

A series of ‘Lab Storms’ will be offered to Match Funders to enable a collaborative approach toward identifying common challenges, and to find and share actionable responses to them. The Lab Storms will support Match Funders to fund as effectively as possible (April 2019 – April 2021).

Report on the first #iwill Fund Learning Hub LabStorms

This report was produced by the Centre to provide insight into the first round of ‘LabStorms’ held as part of the Learning Hub in June 2019. LabStorms are collaborative problem-solving exercises that enable #iwill Fund Match Funders to identify and address potentially common problems. The report explores key learning generated from the discussions and some potential opportunities for funders moving forwards.

Second #iwill Fund Learning Hub LabStorms

This report was produced by the Centre to provide insight into the second round of ‘LabStorms’ held as part of the Learning Hub in February 2020. LabStorms are collaborative problem-solving exercises that enable #iwill Fund Match Funders to identify and address potentially common problems. The second round of LabStorms involved a discussion on youth voice and a discussion on the concept of place in youth social action.

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