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Independent research and evaluations

Independent research and evaluation is absolutely central to our work as a Network and Foundation. You can read all the reports published to date below (listed in reverse chronological order).

The ‘Standard of Evidence’ referred to in each case gives an indication of our level of confidence in the results, with a higher standard corresponding to a higher level of confidence. These standards only apply to impact results. For more information, see Nesta’s ‘Standards of Evidence’ (2013).

Evaluation of the Uniformed Youth Social Action Fund 1 (Ipsos Mori, October 2016)

An impact evaluation that examined the impact that youth social action has on the local community, through surveys administered by local units.

Standard of Evidence: Level 1 (post-hoc surveys only)

Evaluation of the Uniformed Youth Social Action Fund 2 (Ipsos Mori, October 2016)

A process evaluation that is examining the challenges and good practice in engaging young people who are particularly hard to reach.

Standard of Evidence: N/A

Testing the impact of social action on young people’s engagement and attainment (Durham University, July 2016)

A randomised control trial of the impact of uniformed youth activity in schools, with a focus on academic attainment and soft skills development.

Standard of Evidence: Level 3

Evaluation of the Social Action Journey Fund (Family, Kids and Youth, September 2015)

An impact evaluation that used qualitative and quantitative methods to examine the impact of participation on young people, with the use of a control group.

Some process evaluation was also carried out.

Standard Of Evidence: Level 2/3 (whilst a control group was used, the groups were not randomised)

Evaluation of the Supporting Inclusion Programme (Ecorys, November 2014)

A process evaluation that examined the delivery model used for the Supporting Inclusion Programme.

Standard of Evidence: N/A