Outcome 1: Young people are confident, resilient and optimistic for the future

Outcome 1 focuses whether young people grow in confidence as a result of their participation in youth work.

It explores the extent to which young people are hopeful and optimistic about the future and whether they are able to cope with problem that arise in their lives. Outcome 1 has three key elements:

  • Confidence
  • Resilience
  • Optimism for the future

The Confidence element of Outcome 1 focuses on young people being able to share their opinions, take responsibility for tasks and ask for help when they need it. Confidence refers to the feeling that a young person has that they can do well at ‘something’. When thinking about confidence it is important be specific and identify what this something is.

Resilience focuses on the ability young people have to cope with, and recover from, challenges and difficulties.

Optimism for the future explores how youth work encourages young people to look forward, learn, develop and grow.

Like all of the Youth Work Outcomes, Outcome 1 and its indicators can be can be used to measure changes in an individual or within a group or project.

Download the full list of outcomes and indicators.

How to use the Indicators

There are 14 indicators for you to choose from to help you measure this outcome. You do not need to select all of them. You should select the indicators that are most relevant and useful for your planning and self-evaluation, and those that really help you understand if your youth work is making a difference.

When using the outcomes and indicators, you need to translate or apply them to your local youth work context. The following questions can help you do this and you can use our Translating Indicators template to help you with this process.

  • What does Outcome 1 mean within the context of the projects or youth work you have selected? Outcome 1 can be applied to a whole service, a project or programme or an individual youth work session.
  • Which indicators are most relevant and useful to your youth work?
  • What do your selected indicators mean in the context of your youth work?
  • What does success look like?
  • How will you measure the indicators?
  • Who will collect the data?
  • How will you store the data?
  • How will you use the data for reflection and service improvement?



Please select an indicator to find more details and suggested ways of measuring it. You should also consider if there are other indicators that you could develop which would be useful to measure this outcome.



Which part of the outcome does this measure?


Young people report an increase in confidence



Young people speak in a group and share their opinions



Young people take responsibility for tasks



Young people ask for help if needed



When faced with a problem, young people come up with a solution



Young people respond positively to advice



Young people finish tasks they start



Young people identify what they learn when they do not succeed



Young people participate in youth work when it is difficult for them to do so



Young people look for new challenges



Young people identify positive goals



Young people have a plan to achieve their goals



Young people achieve their goals



Young people believe they can make a difference



Within each indicator, there are suggestions of how you might measure that particular indicator but this is not an exhaustive list. You can come up with your own way of measuring the indicator and the toolkits in the Other tools to help you section might also be helpful.

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