The Impact of Universal Youth Work
In 2015 a critical review of the literature on Universal Youth Work conducted by the Edinburgh Youth Work Consortium and University of Edinburgh found that:
‘Universal youth work has the potential to contribute to a range of important outcomes and achievements for young people, in particular health and wellbeing, educational attainment and employment. [That said,] the youth work sector need to be more informed about the nature and purpose of their impact through ongoing longitudinal research.’
The review also concluded that there was a need for further research through engaging the youth work sector including young people themselves as active research partners. This series of studies, aims to add to the evidence base of the impact of community-based universal youth work and then digital youth work during COVID-19. Each study uses Dr Sue Cooper’s Transformative Evaluation methodology, to examine both the impact of universal youth work and how that impact has been achieved.
If you are interested in hearing more about these studies, contact Amy Calder.
In November 2018, the Scottish Youth Work Research Steering Group published this research that involved young people and youth workers in the generation of 129 Significant Change Stories.
Dumfries and Galloway
Report on the impact of community-based universal youth work was carried out in partnership with YouthLink Scotland, the University of Edinburgh and Northern Star.