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Arrival, refreshments and exhibitor viewing


Welcome and introduction 

CHAIR Ravi Chandiramani, Editor-in-chief, Children & Young People Now


Where are we now? How the sector has responded to the 'impact agenda' 

  • Latest thinking on outcomes and youth development
  • Alternative approaches to understanding ‘what works’
  • New routes forward for ‘measuring impact’

SPEAKER Bethia Mcneil, Chief Executive, Centre for Youth Impact


Achieving whole-system impact for children and families in your area

Understanding the components of a multi-system evaluation including mapping out how the local system responds to young people; the current support available; gaps in service provision; and how to factor these into the collection of robust data.

SPEAKER Kate Tobin, Scotland Director, Dartington Service Design Lab

CASE STUDY: Transforming Outcomes for Children: the Leeds Approach to whole system change

SPEAKER Steve Walker, Director of Children and Families, Leeds City Council


Refreshments and exhibitor viewing


The What Works Centre for Children's Social Care 

  • An update on how the Centre is supporting the sector
  • Learnings from work with partner local authorities
  • Plans for 2020 when the Centre becomes independent from government

SPEAKERS Michael Sanders, Executive Director, What Works Centre for Social Care


Considering ‘equity’ over ‘equality’ in evaluating children’s services

An approach to public services and programmes that treats people equally does not always reach people equally. Moving from an equality to an equity-based perspective addresses disparities in outcomes and acknowledges the different starting points and circumstances of people and communities. This session will consider how an ‘equity lens’ can make programmes more effective and create greater impact to generate long lasting change in communities.

SPEAKER Fozia Irfan, CEO at Beds and Luton Community Foundation


Learning from 'failure': dealing with evaluation results that are disappointing

  • Responding well when we don't get the results we wanted
  • Promoting a stronger culture of learning around null or negative outcomes
  • Designing and conducting studies that will be more informative

SPEAKER Dr Nick Axford, Associate Professor (Reader) in Health Services, University of Plymouth


Lunch, networking and exhibitor viewing 


Practice Seminar (choose 1, 2 or 3)

1) Focusing on what’s important and useful about the Theory of Change approach, and how to make it work for you

  • How to keep theories of change simple - focusing on the most important things for smaller organisations to get right
  • Potential pitfalls and complications, and how to respond to them
  • Making a clear link between theories of change, and measurement and evaluation processes

SPEAKER James Noble, Impact Management Lead, Inspiring Impact and Shehnaaz Latif, Principle Consultant, NCVO

2) Learning from collaborative and multi-agency approaches to evaluation, measurement and learning 

This case study will look at Children’s Communities and Early Learning Communities, two programmes working in partnership with Save the Children. The session will review the approach taken to evaluation in these communities, while recognising the barriers and limitations, and the importance of learning more generally. Consideration will also be given to the broader structural barriers and opportunities which affect effective evaluation and learning approaches.

SPEAKER Paul Perkins, Head of Local Systems Change – Children’s Communities, Save the Children

3) Social and emotional skills - designing robust impact measurement approaches for 'soft' outcomes

This session will present a variety of practical tools and methods for assessing impact on attitudinal, social and emotional change, particularly in circumstances where data collection can be challenging. It will provide some general principles and exercises before covering how Khulisa has developed a longitudinal approach to measuring impact on social and emotional development for young people with complex needs.

SPEAKER Owen Carter, Co-Founder & Managing Director, ImpactEd and Representaitve from youth programmes provider Khulisa


Refreshments and exhibitor viewing 


Participation in practice: Insights from the Listening Fund

The Listening Fund supports youth-focused organisations to better listen and respond to young people. This session will help you define and evaluate your listening practice, specifically the design and mechanics of listening, how to gather feedback from diverse communities, make sense of feedback, and close the feedback loop.

SPEAKERS Edd Fry, Listening Fund Project Manager, The Blagrave Trust; Sarah Williams, Research and Learning Officer and Kelly Bradshaw-Walsh, Director of Research, Design and Insight, Centre for Youth Impact


Sum up and close of conference