Conducting qualitative impact evaluation research
Yorkshire Forward invested £2.5m in seven Prince’s Trust programmes from 2006 – 2009. As part of a larger impact evaluation study Qa were asked to conduct research with some of the young people who took part in these programmes.
What the research would achieve
The overall aim of the research was to ascertain to what extent participation in Prince’s Trust programmes had successfully connected young people in the region to economic opportunity.
To meet this aim seven discussion groups were held in Leeds, Hull, Dewsbury, Wakefield, York and Bradford. A total of 48 young people took part in the groups. Of these, 35 were male and 13 were female. Participants were aged between 15 and 24 years old.
Within the discussion groups participants were first asked what they had been doing prior to their involvement with the Prince’s Trust. The discussions then moved on to how they found out about the scheme, what they did, and what they believed the immediate or longer term impact of their involvement would be.
A platform for continued success
The research demonstrated how young people across Yorkshire and Humberside were benefiting from involvement with the Prince’s Trust. Yorkshire Forward can now use these findings to promote the value of participating in these programmes.
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