Youth Work Research

The National Youth Work Strategy identifies our ambition to recognise the value of youth work and to measure the sector's impact. To achieve this ambition, YouthLink Scotland is working with the sector to commission sector-specific research and develop high-quality opportunities for measuring impact of youth work in Scotland.

Current Activity

In November 2018, the Scottish Youth Work Research Steering Group published The Impact of Community-based Universal Youth Work in Scotland. The report includes the context for study, the method undertaken and the findings of this 18-month project. The research was commissioned by the Steering Group and undertaken by a research partnership involving YouthLink Scotland, University of Edinburgh, University of St. Mark and St. John (MARJON) in Plymouth alongside three community-based youth work organisations in Scotland. 

The research adopted a participatory methodology, involving young people and youth workers in the generation of 129 Significant Change Stories. The study sought to answer two key questions:

  1. What is the impact of community-based universal youth work in Scotland?
  2. How has that impact been achieved?


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