Big Lottery Fund appoints NPC to lead evaluation and learning for Youth Investment Fund

NPC, in partnership with the Centre for Youth Impact, is leading a consortium of partners who have been appointed as learning and impact providers for the Youth Investment Fund (YIF) in order to support YIF grantees to understand and measure their impact.

YIF is a £40 million investment funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and the Big Lottery Fund. It aims to support voluntary, community and social enterprise youth organisations to deliver, expand and create high quality local youth provision. The Fund targets six disadvantaged areas across England in East London, Liverpool City Region, West Midlands, Tees Valley and Sunderland, Bristol and Somerset and Eastern Counties.

It will provide grants to 86 youth organisations delivering open access youth services to young people over the next 3 years beginning in April 2017. Grantees will be supported with evaluation through local capacity building workshops, tailored assistance and technical training.

NPC is pleased that YIF has prioritised impact evaluation and learning by allocating £1 million for this purpose. As learning and impact providers NPC will:

  • Co-design a shared measurement framework for open access youth services with the funded organisations, to inform the wider sector as well as the evaluation of the YIF
  • Establish what aspects of service provision lead to the greatest impact
  • Develop economic models in consultation with youth organisations, to understand what aspects of interventions represent better value for money
  • Support grantees and the wider sector to learn from the data collected and, as a result, improve their service provision

Anne Kazimirski, Head of Measurement and Evaluation at NPC said, ‘This is a unique opportunity for the youth sector. Focusing on learning and impact alongside programme delivery will create an evidence base that will benefit the sector well beyond the YIF funding, and build the capacity of youth organisations to understand their impact and improve their services.’

The project will generate learning that will be used across the sector and beyond the lifetime of the project. NPC and the Centre for Youth Impact will share learning throughout the programme through events, publications and blogs.

Note to editors:

  1. The learning and impact consortium led by NPC in partnership with the Centre for Youth Impact also comprises Bryson Purdon Social Research, Keystone, Dartington Social Research Unit, Renaisi and Nottingham Trent University.
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