Summer 2020: While continuing with our Rethinking Impact research, we are also planning ahead for a potential new research project that would collaborate with young people and youth workers to investigate the long-term impact of open youth work. See this summary for more details and get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any feedback or suggestions: New research project summary(v2)
Spring 2020: We worked with the Policy Institute at King’s to develop a policy brief which makes fifteen research-informed recommendations for investing in youth services.
We are also doing in-depth fieldwork (including youth participatory research) in two youth work organisations (incorporating youth club, detached and online youth work).
October & November 2019: We have published our first article for Youth and Policy- The everyday and the remarkable: Valuing and evaluating youth work, where we reflect on the tensions in measuring and evaluating youth work.
We have also been busy at various events such as the ‘Young Leadership Alliance Forum’ and ‘Celebrating Children’s Rights at UCL’, sharing our research and facilitating workshops with young people. Tania also spoke on a panel at the Centre for Youth Impact gathering.
Autumn 2019: We are gearing up for ‘Phase three’ of the project where we will be doing some in-depth case studies in two youth organisations in England.
July 2019: We hosted our first practitioner event on 8th July 2019 – details here. It was an excellent event attended by a wide range of practitioners, academics and youth work ‘allies’.
Spring 2019: Louise and Tania are on ‘Phase two’ of the research, spending time with eight youth work organisations, spending time in the organisations and getting to know their work, as well as engaging in focus groups and interviews with young people, youth workers and managers.
March 2019: We have recently published a blog post for Policy Press: Valuing young people, valuing grassroots youth work
January 2019: Phase 1 of the research involved researching the policy context, including interviewing key people involved in youth impact policy, development and debates. We are currently working on ideas for a potential publication based on our findings from this aspect of the research. We presented initial thoughts at Kings College London recently and one of the participants, (Melissa Glackin) responded with a blog post on how the analysis resonated with her work in environmental education. Read it here.
September 2018: Louise and Tania presented the research and discussed its international relevance at the Transformative Youth Work International Conference 2018, in Plymouth. You can listen to it here. Tania presented the research at the Czech Streetwork Association’s conference in Prague, and spoke at Lancaster University.
July 2018: Our project was featured here in a Children and Young People Now special issue on youth work impact. For a more in-depth discussion, Tania’s open access academic article in the peer-reviewed Journal of Education Policy draws on her previous research to discuss ‘Youth work, performativity and the new youth impact agenda’. Tania has also written blog pieces on youth impact here and here.
Watch this space for future writing, events and collaborations!