Regional Impact Network East England and East Midlands Meetings
Led by Youth Focus South East, The Regional Impact Network is open to any organisation working with young people in the South East of England that has an interest in developing their impact measurement practice.
The Impact Network is supported by the YMCA George Williams College (GWC) and is one of seven Regional Impact Networks across the country.
The network exists to support youth organisations to undertake meaningful evaluation and impact measurement. It does this by providing a ‘safe space’ in which members can share issues or challenges that they are facing in their work, seek advice from peers, and access support that enables them to develop solutions that work for them and that will inform their practice.
We aim to support network members to:
Be better able to assess, appraise and interpret evidence.
Strive to improve the quality of the evidence that they are gathering and use that evidence to inform practice.
Be more confident in applying their technical skills and knowledge to plan and undertake meaningful evaluations.
Collectively, we want to hold each other to account on:
Ensuring that we keep young people at the centre of any impact measurement and evaluation.
Improving the quality of the evaluations we undertake.
Using the findings from any impact measurement and evaluation to inform ongoing delivery and practice.
Youth Focus South East is proud to be the Regional Youth Work Unit (RYWU) for the South East of England.
RYWU’s act as hubs for developing and supporting youth work in their regions, working with commissioners, providers and young people themselves to ensure the sector is well-informed, skilled and responsive to changes in government policies and young people’s needs.
The Network supports and strengthens the capacity of RYWUs, sharing and promoting best practice. We work with a range of national and regional organisations to develop new initiatives and joint partnerships for the benefit of youth work and young people.
In addition, the Network provides a bridge between national policy and initiatives, and local policy and delivery – enabling communication and supporting new developments.
The network has representation on the following forums and working groups:
NYA/JCS’s Education and Training Standards Committee England
National Youth Policy Advisory Group
Youth Voice DCMS
Institute for Youth Work
At present our members cover 7 of the 9 regions and we aim to recruit relevant organisations to join the network and support youth work in the other 2 regions over the next 1-2 years