The Centre for Youth Impact exists to support organisations across the whole youth sector to better understand and increase the impact of their work with young people. One of the Centre’s key mechanisms for doing so is establishing and supporting geographical and thematic networks of organisations for peer support, knowledge sharing, and access to expert support. The Centre will deploy this expertise to support the #iwill campaign to understand the effects of high quality social action and how benefits can be expanded and maximised.
The Centre is partnering with Generation Change, who are working with Dartington Social Research Unit to pilot a quality framework specifically for social action provision for young people, with an associated support network of providers and impact measurement capacity building support.
Generation Change will act as the Centre’s thematic network for youth social action provision as it pilots its impact model and seeks to disseminate best practice more widely to those working with young people. Generation Change and the Centre for Youth Impact will work together to share information, approaches, and ‘referrals’ between the network for youth social action, and other networks that the Centre is supporting across the wider sector. The Centre will provide access to its impact measurement resources, training, and wider learning community, while lessons from Generation Change’s pilot will inform the Centre’s thinking on how peer communities can be used to drive improvement in impact measurement practice.
As a member of the #iwill campaign’s Data and Quality Assurance Group, the Centre will continue to help to build the evidence base for youth social action.