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Youth Work Evidence Alliance

The Youth Work Evidence Alliance brings together leading voices and practices in shared measurement to evidence the impact of quality youth work.

About the Alliance

Established in 2024, the Youth Work Evidence Alliance (YWEA) spans the funding community, infrastructure bodies, practitioners and local authorities, with the goal of transformative, collaborative action in collating, sharing, and reflecting on data about the impact of youth work.

The YWEA will aim to galvanise the sector’s energies and provide a focal point for shared interests, working to establish youth work’s impact as a collective endeavour, building consensus and common approaches through collaboration. 

Together, the Alliance will:

  • Bring current strands of activity together to reduce duplication and promote alignment;
  • Inform developments in shared measurement to ensure they’re meaningful and feasible to use in practice, across a range of settings;
  • Identify and progress a shared evidence agenda; and
  • Communicate about and advocate for existing tools and resources to support widespread uptake.

Founding members of the YWEA organisations include: BBC Children in Need, the Institute for Youth Work, London Youth, the National Association of Boys and Girls Clubs, the National Citizen Service Trust, The National Lottery Community Fund, National Youth Agency, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Research in Practice, UK Youth, Woodcraft Folk, the Youth Endowment Fund, Youth Focus: North East, and Youth Moves. YMCA George Williams College, with support from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, will act as secretariat and convenor of the Alliance. 

Members of the Alliance are fully committed to working together to achieve a transformational vision for shared impact measurement.

For more information: Contact Bethia McNeil, Director of the Centre for Youth Impact.

Read the launch announcement here.