We know that great youth work works but we’re also passionate about providing the evidence that shows the impact our youth workers make with young people.
We're committed to improving our impact and measuring the difference that our youth work makes. To help with this we have worked with NPC (New Philanthropy Capital) to develop a theory of change for our charity.
We are members of the South West Youth Impact Network and through the Youth Investment Fund are part of a national group looking at improving our impact so have worked with NPC to develop a theory of change and are part of a national group looking at sharing and developing best practice in impact measurement for youth work.
We won the national Children & Young People Now 2015 Youth Work Award, sponsored by the National Youth Agency and which have become the gold standard for everyone working with children, young people and families. The awards ‘present a showcase of learning and best practice from across the country that can be an inspiration to all’, and ‘entrants must be able to provide evidence that what they have done has had a positive impact on people’s lives.’. It was a great honour to get this national recognition for our work.
We have also been awarded the Project Oracle Standard 1 Validation for our impact practice, and use the Views database supplied by the Research organisation Substance to capture our evidence, and have been recognised as a Views Impact Champion.