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Outcomes Frameworks: a guide for providers and commissioners of youth services

As part of its responsibility for youth policy, Cabinet Office has been working to support the youth sector to capture and increase the impact of its services for young people.

We have heard from youth service providers and commissioners that the landscape of available outcomes frameworks designed to support them to demonstrate their impact is confusing. This guide to outcomes frameworks aims to make it simpler to navigate this landscape and forms part of wider work to support the sector to feel confident in demonstrating their impact. In addition to investing in research to strengthen the evidence base behind skills for life and work, we work with leading youth sector and academic organisations through the sector-led Centre for Youth Impact. The Centre, which focuses on evidence, capacity building and practice development, will increase the capacity of those involved in providing and commissioning services for young people to generate and use high quality evidence in the design, delivery and evaluation of those services. The Centre has made impact measurement training and an online portal available to the youth sector, bringing resources and information on programmes and the evidence underpinning them, into one place. This guide will be included in resources brought together for the Centre’s online portal.