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Understanding impact in open access provision

By working with the cohort across the course of the funding to develop a shared evaluation framework we will be able to explore not only what aspects of service provision lead to the greatest impact – but why.

We are excited to be partnering with NPC to deliver the learning and impact strand of the Youth Investment Fund (YIF) in order to support grantees to understand and measure their impact.

The YIF is a £40 million investment by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and the Big Lottery Fund. It is supporting 86 open access youth providers over three years to deliver, expand and create high quality local youth provision. The Fund targets six regional clusters across England in East London, Liverpool City Region, West Midlands, Tees Valley and Sunderland, Bristol and Somerset and Eastern Counties.

We are delighted that the YIF has prioritised learning as part of the funding which will allow us to provide tailored support and capacity building training to grantees in order to embed impact evaluation sensitively and appropriately within ongoing youth work practice. The Fund will also allow us to test new methods of capturing footfall data, gaining user feedback, assessing/improving quality and developing high quality evidence around outcomes. Crucially, by working with the cohort across the course of the funding to develop a shared evaluation framework we will be able to explore not only what aspects of service provision lead to the greatest impact – but why.

We are in the process of setting up a dedicated YIF learning website where we will update you on our work. If you require more information in the meantime – please contact matthew.hill@youthimpact.uk