This report details the findings of a qualitative research study in Edinburgh, delivered in partnership with YouthLink Scotland, LAYC (Lothian Association of Youth Clubs), Northern Star and University of Edinburgh. The study explored the impact of community-based universal youth work on young people who participated in these services delivered by 9 voluntary organisations across the city, all members of LAYC.

The study used Dr Sue Cooper’s Transformative Evaluation methodology. Youth workers from partner organisations were trained to become research practitioners and gather impact stories from 96 young people. Young people shared their reflections of significant changes they had experienced as a result of participating in universal youth work. The stories were then contextualised by the youth workers to generate rich, co-authored significant change stories.

Watch our second significant impact story on YouTube.

If you are interested in hearing more about this study, contact Amy Calder.


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