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Next steps for Just One Question

5 May 2021

Tom Burke and Catherine Mitchell unveil our new partnership with UK Youth and share plans for improving how we amplify the voices of practitioners. 

Our thoughts - Catherine Mitchell

15 April 2021

This month, Catherine Mitchell, the Centre's Organisational Learning Lead, reflects on barriers to evaluation practice and the steps we can take to create 'good thinking environments' for all.

Practitioner Panel launches aka. Avengers Assemble

15 April 2021

Tom Burke introduces how our Practitioner Panel is shaping the work of the Centre and outs himself as a Marvel movie fan…

The Centre for Youth Impact appoints three new trustees

25 March 2021

The Centre is delighted to announce three new appointments to the Board of trustees; Devina Paul, Yetunde Ogundele and Sagar Sharma.

Reflecting on equitable and anti-racist evaluation practice for the youth sector

11 March 2021

In late 2020, the Centre for Youth Impact commissioned Sarah-Jane Danchie, Director at The Social Investment Consultancy (TSIC) Africa, to explore and draw together resources focused on equitable and anti-racist evaluation, and frame some priority questions to guide our future work. 

Our thoughts: Leanne Freeman

11 March 2021

This month, Dartington Service Design Lab's Leanne Freeman, coming to the end of her secondment role at the Centre, reflects on the importance of strong relationships in project delivery.

Working online - what does good look like?

10 March 2021

Kevin Franks, CEO of Youth Focus North East and our Regional Network Lead for the NE, reflects on the first regional event of 2021.

Creating order from chaos: encouraging long term thinking about rapid response work

11 February 2021

This month, Jo Hickman Dunne, Project Officer at the Centre, reflects on how we can begin to make clearer decisions about what our services should look like as we move towards the ‘new normal’.


How can we best advance meaningful engagement with evidence, when acceptance of evidence is optional?

14 January 2021

Spoiler alert: I don’t have an answer to this question, but it’s something that’s been weighing heavy on my mind and I think should be examined within the evaluation field specifically.

A fond farewell

3 December 2020

Ed Anderton, our outgoing Director of Practice Development, shares some of his learning from his time with the Centre.

The Centre for Youth Impact Practitioner Panel

3 December 2020

As part of the legacy of the Youth Investment Fund, and particularly the importance of collaboration with practitioners through the evaluation design process, the Centre for Youth Impact is establishing a new Practitioner Panel.

We are recruiting a Communications Officer

1 December 2020

We are looking to appoint a part-time Communications Officer to provide the day-to-day communications and marketing function at the Centre!

BLOG: Something New: Learning from organisations enabling youth social action for the first time

5 November 2020

Different types of organisations are enabling youth social action as part of the #iwill Fund – youth social action looks different, and has different benefits in each. This blog by Jenny North of Dartington Service Design Lab shares findings from the #iwill Fund’s recent report into the new directions for youth social action suggested by the #iwill Funded activity.

A tale of collaboration

3 September 2020

In this blog, Sarah, our Operations Manager, reflects on the Centre’s relationship with Renaisi and what their support has meant to us over the years.

Diving into COVID survey data, part 3 – ‘Education’

3 September 2020

Since the start of the pandemic, NYA and the Centre for Youth Impact have been gathering a range of the surveys focused on the impact of coronavirus on young people and the organisations that exist to support them.

Step by step - reflections on the youth sector data standard, v 1.1

1 September 2020

Back in April, Ed, our Director of Practice Development, marked the launch of the first version of the youth sector data standard by referring to the old joke about asking directions and being told that “you don’t want to start from here”.