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Book Now for 'Perspectives on Evidence in Youth and Community Work' on Monday 30th March, 2015

The Association are collaborating with the Centre for Youth Impact in a consultation at the Royal Society of the Arts on the nature of evidence of impact in youth and community work practice.


When: Monday 30th March, 12.30-5.00pm (including lunch)

Where: The Royal Society of Arts, John Adam Street, London

Fees :£49.00 for Members and £69.00 for non-members

Booking Site: You can book your space using the eventbrite page for the conference and pay on line or request an invoice is sent to your institution/agency.


The consultation will include keynote presentations from:

- Bethia McNeil, Director of the Centre for Youth Impact on “The role of the Centre in supporting evidence for the impact of youth and community work”

- Janet Batsleer, Manchester Metropolitan University on “The role of HEI’s in generating evidence of the value in youth and community work”

- Dr Louise Morpeth, from The Social Research Unit on "Standards of Evidence"

- Dr Sue Cooper, University of St Mark and St John, Plymouth on "Transformative Evaluation"


A consultation and panel-based question time will follow, chaired by Professor Paul Fenton, Visiting Professor at Staffordshire University and the Development and Support Officer for the Association.


The consultation is designed as both a debate on perspectives on 'evidence-based practice' and a consultation for Association Members to engage with the role Higher Education has in influencing the current policy agenda. The Centre for Youth Impact will be gathering responses from the day with a view to informing their development plan with the Cabinet Office and the Association will carry forward themes for further consultation at its national residential conference at Brathay in June (25th-27th) 2015.


The conference will commence with a lunch from 12.30pm, and keynote speakers at 1.30pm, with a consultation and panel questions from 3.30pm. There will also be a short Members meeting to approve the revised 'objects' of the Association as published on our website. 


We believe this is an excellent opportunity to engage with a debate and agency, in the Centre for Youth Impact, that is central to the future health and development of Youth and Community work in the U.K. Please do give serious attention to attending and/or sending a representative from your institution/agency.


If you have any questions about the event then please email




A full agenda, biographies and further details will be published on our website conference pages on 2nd March.

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