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.
For more information about the YIF learning project visit our project website yiflearning.org
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— NPC (@NPCthinks) August 13, 2018
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.
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This paper describes the shared evaluation framework that has been developed across the 90 YIF-funded organisations. It is aimed at anyone working within, supporting or providing funding and resources for informal and non-formal learning provision for young people in the UK.
NPC and the Centre for Youth Impact are leading the learning and impact strand of a £40m DCMS and the Big Lottery Fund programme that is funding around 86 open-access youth providers. This blog outlines five ways we are confronting the challenges of evaluation in open-access settings.