Youth Investment Fund Learning and Impact Programme

Working with providers, funders, commissioners, policymakers and young people to improve the impact of services and youth work as part of a learning partnership for the Youth Investment Fund.

We’re working in partnership with the Centre for Youth Impact to lead a consortium of partners who have been appointed as learning and impact providers for the Youth Investment Fund.

The learning and impact partnership is working to support grant-holders to understand and measure their impact.

What is the Youth Investment Fund?

The £40 million Youth Investment Fund was set up by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, and the Big Lottery Fund using National Lottery funding. It aims to help hundreds of thousands of young people across England flourish, giving them the skills they need to be ready for work and to have active, positive roles in their local communities.

Local voluntary and community youth organisations already do so much fantastic work and this £40 million aims to build on that to enrich the lives of many more young people.

The Youth Investment Fund is supporting groups in East London, Liverpool City Region, West Midlands, Tees Valley and Sunderland, Bristol and Somerset and Eastern Counties.

The Fund includes an objective to strengthen the evidence base on the impact of non-formal learning opportunities for young people.

What is the impact and learning partnership doing?

NPC and the Centre for Youth Impact are developing and testing new approaches to impact measurement, working in partnership with grant-holders and the young people they work with.

Our aim is to complement traditional outcome tracking with other types of data that also matter to frontline staff and young people.

By focusing on the quality of provision, engagement and young people’s feedback, data collection can improve services, build relationships, as well as potentially predict likely impact alongside tracking changes in outcomes.


Learning and insight papers

The Youth Investment Fund is a welcome boost for the many great community organisations that work with young people locally. Money raised by National Lottery players creates opportunities for young people to build on their talents and strengths and the Youth Investment Fund is an important part of the jigsaw for the youth sector.

Dawn Austwick

Chief Executive , Big Lottery Fund

Selected media coverage

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Children and Young People Now

The three-year Youth Investment Fund programme has supported the expansion of projects young people value and trust

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Civil Society

DCMS awards £40m to 86 youth organisations.

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Third Sector

Government to back youth social action projects with £80m.

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Peterborough Telegraph

Large lottery grant will delivery more life-changing opportunities for Peterborough youngsters.

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