The Lindley Educational Trust

Working with children and young people

Lindley Educational Trust (LET) is a UK charity which provides personal and team development programmes for children and young people. The programmes are designed to build confidence and self-esteem, particularly for those disadvantaged or at risk.

Evaluating LET

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The ultimate objective was to build the organisational capacity of the LET and provide a baseline from which to judge progress

Conduct a small scale evaluation of existing monitoring and outcome measures at HollowfordLindley asked Qa to conduct an evaluation of existing practice, monitoring systems and outcomes for vulnerable children and young people at the Trust’s Hollowford Centre in Derbyshire. Within this overall aim the specific objectives were to:

  • Recommend necessary changes and develop new monitoring and evaluation tools
  • Enthuse and empower staff to undertake future monitoring, evaluation, research and data analysis
  • Examine children and young people’s experiences of attending Lindley

The ultimate objective was to build the organisational capacity of the LET and provide a baseline from which to judge progress.

Individual objectives were achieved through desk research; a focus group/discussion session with key members of LET staff; telephone interviews with group leaders; five focus groups with children and young people aged 9 to 21 who had attended sessions at Hollowford; and a new monitoring and evaluation tool in the form of a self-completion survey for children and young people.

Building on success

Our research offers the strongest possible indications that LET is meeting its stated objectives of increasing confidence and self-esteem amongst the children and young people it caters for. This evidence base means the Trust can confidently continue to provide more opportunities for high quality outdoor education.

For more details e-mail anne.heaven@qaresearch.co.uk or call 01904 632039