We are pleased to launch the first version of a national data standard for the youth sector in the UK. This is a set of standard questions designed specifically for organisations working with and for young people. Following examples such as 360 Giving and the Social Economy Data Lab, this standard is being developed to gather consistent data, and generate shared insight across the youth sector as a whole.
The Centre for Youth Impact is providing central coordination and management of this initiative, working closely with key stakeholders across the sector, including:
NYA, UK Youth, the Network of Regional Youth Work Units - England, Young People’s Foundations Trust, John Lyon’s Charity, the National Lottery Community Fund, and DCMS.
We are particularly grateful to Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation for their joint support of this initiative.
How do I get involved?
Our immediate goal is to provide one simple process for youth organisations to provide information about their situation, and develop a national picture of the current challenges faced by the sector as a whole. We have therefore developed the first version of the data standard as an online form. It includes a combination of standard fields about your organisation, and specific questions about the impact of Covid-19.
If your organisation works with and for young people, please click on this link and complete the form: it should take no more than 15 minutes. In the interest of keeping this process as simple as possible, for now, all information gathered will be anonymous. In order to avoid multiple entries from one organisation, please confer with your colleagues before completing the form.
The Centre will be producing regular analysis and reporting based on the information submitted, and working to refine, extend and update the data standard in the light of feedback. To support others to contribute, and allow them to produce their own analysis as they wish, all of the data gathered will be shared openly.
In subsequent versions of the standard, we will also explore the potential for developing a secure registration process, which would allow organisations to develop a picture of change over time, and compare their data to an aggregated national or regional breakdown.
Alongside the development of the standard, we are working with others who are already gathering information from young people about their needs, towards developing a parallel standard approach.
We will be actively promoting this initiative across our networks: please also share this as widely as you can with your colleagues in the sector.
If you have any questions, requests or concerns, please get in touch - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get the data
You can download a csv of the data gathered thus far here.