Insight Papers

Learning is a core objective to this project – it is the aim of every activity. Throughout the lifetime of the YIF learning project we aim to share insights and learning with the following key audiences:

  • Grant holders
  • The National Lottery Community Fund and DCMS
  • The wider sector, including service deliverers, funders and commissioners, and researchers.

From 2018-19, we propose producing short biannual insights papers, supplemented by blogs, so that we can share our insights and learnings in a more timely fashion. We will also communicate effectively through Centre for Youth Impact’s regional network events and through NPC’s communication channels.

Learning and insight paper one: A shared evaluation framework for open access youth provision

This is the first in a series of Learning and Insight papers published as part of the learning project for the Youth Investment Fund (YIF).

It is aimed at anyone working within, supporting or providing funding and resources for informal and non-formal learning provision for young people in the UK. The Youth Investment Fund only covers England, but we believe that the learning is relevant across the UK.

In this paper we:

  1. Describe the shared evaluation framework that has been developed across the 90 YIF-funded organisations. This framework provides the structure for the largest shared evaluation of open access youth provision in the UK to date;
  2. Set out the rationale for developing the shared framework.

We hope that these papers will be useful for a broad range of youth organisations (including those that are not part of the YIF cohort), as well as funders, policymakers and evaluators working with and for young people.  Our intention for each of these papers is to draw out reflective learning and share actionable insights.

Download a copy of the paper: YIF-learning-and-insight-paper one

Learning and insight paper two: Background to the YIF economic simulation model

This is the second in a series of Learning and Insight papers published as part of the learning project for the Youth Investment Fund (YIF).

Our insight paper aims to:

  •  Illustrate the different ways evaluators have approached the challenge of estimating the economic value of youth programmes and present findings from our review;
  • Help inform the development of an economic simulation model for the Youth Investment Fund evaluation.

It is aimed at anyone working within, supporting or providing funding and resources for informal and non-formal learning provision for young people in the UK.

Download a copy of the paper: Background to the YIF economic simulation model