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Catalyst framework of outcomes for young people

This report will help you to think through the outcomes that might be most relevant for the young people you work with.

What is it?

This report will help you to think through the outcomes that might be most relevant for the young people you work with. It was produced by the Catalyst Consortium for the Department for Education in 2012 with the primary aim of developing the language of outcomes, and a common approach within the youth sector.

Is it right for me?

The report is designed to be relevant to all organisations that work with young people, including commissioners and funders. It is most useful for delivery organisations that want to be clearer about the outcomes they are working towards with young people, and about their approach to measurement.

The framework was written to be accessible, straightforward and understandable. It does not require a prior level of expertise or knowledge.

How can it help?

The report aims to help users understand and further develop outcomes ideas. It helps users to consider activity design and language to achieve and communicate these outcomes.

The guide proposes a model of seven interlinked clusters of capabilities', that are of value to young people, alongside a summary of the evidence base that underpins them. It also includes a matrix of tools that can be used to capture progress in developing these capabilities.

How do I access it?

You can access the framework here.

What should I read next?

To develop a deeper understanding of how to measure impact on outcomes, there are other useful documents, such as NPC's Four Pillars Approach.