Partnership for Young London has recently been awarded 3-year funding from City Bridge Trust to support the voluntary, community and statutory sectors to evaluate their work.

Sandra Vacciana was appointed as the Regional Development Lead for ‘Demonstrating Impact’
at Partnership for Young London in July 2015. She is currently coordinating events,
leading training programmes and sharing resources that support organisations in the voluntary,
community and statutory sectors to develop their methods for evidencing the impact of their work.

Our Brief

The overarching aims of this initiative are to:

• Enable greater sustainability
• Share successful outcomes collectively
• Disseminate news on relevant developments in policy, funding and legislation.

We will offer a minimum of 12 training sessions over the next 12 months on a range of different themes including the following:

• Supporting organisations to create their own Theory of Change
• Supporting organisations who work with schools to meet schools’ targets
• Profiling resources from the Centre for Youth Impact to improve the evaluation of projects delivered to young people
• Offering targeted support to the arts in education sector

Further to this we will maintain strong relationships with funders and commissioners to align ‘Demonstrating Impact’ with their targets to achieve maximum effect.


The overarching objectives of the initiative are to:

Connect a targeted number of groups from the voluntary, community and sector working with children and young people across London to develop their skills and knowledge about using resources and tools to illustrate that their work is making a positive change in young people’s lives.

Develop best practice, through the provision of training, information and advice to small and medium scale organisations

Influence statutory sector leads, policy makers and funders by ensuring that they are engaged in this process; enabling them to implement the changes on the ground.

Partnership for Young London will also be linking with partners such as the Centre for Youth Impact, London Youth and Project Oracle to create a forum for best practice across the region

Featured Event 

Conversations About Youth Work with African Diaspora Young People


In June we delivered ‘Conversations about Youth Work with Diaspora Young People’ in partnership with Ubele Initiative and Conway Hall. Michael Hamilton’s deft skills and passion safely navigated attendees from a cross sector of organisations through this intergenerational, intercultural conversation about emerging themes in work with young people of the African Diaspora. We looked at where our practice as formal and informal educators is thriving and where we need to address gaps in our service to young people. Participants learned from Tyler De Fretis and Marcus Senior about their experiences of an international exchange and the differences in youth work approaches in Holland (with Swazoom) and in the UK. Our deliberations led to a call for all present to mobilise thoughts into actions.


Priorities for this work moving forward include:

  • Creating a collective framework for how we deliver and measure the impact of work with young people of the African Diaspora
  • An event led by young people on ‘Conversations in Youth Work with Young People of the African Diaspora – to hear from their perspective
  • Training on racial identity

Attendees were invited to pledge a commitment to the priorities that they felt they could contribute to and progress. We will be meeting again over the summer to discuss the next stages in taking this work forward.

Emerging Themes in Work with Young Men

In May we delivered a networking event on emerging themes in work with young men. This session attracted 42 organisations. Presentations were made by London Borough of Hackney, Working With Men and QPR Community Trust. We explored the latest outcomes of a longitudinal study by Hackney on raising outcomes for young black men; how we promote their emotional well-being across the projects that we develop (WWM) and the role of sport in engaging young men in support services (QPR Community Trust). Key learning from the event included the following:

  • Young men need safe spaces to explore their identities and what the term masculinity means to them in the 21st century
  • We need to create opportunities for young men need to articulate personal feelings and embrace vulnerability without feeling shame
  • New projects should be underpinned with a clear theoretical framework
  • Projects should be developed in consultation with service users
  • We need to work more closely with families
  • Better outcomes are achieved when professionals share data across services and work in collaboration

One of the key outcomes of this event has been the development of a steering group. The next session is planned for September where we will be running a workshop for practitioners on creating safe spaces for young men.


Briefing Sheet – – Conversations in Youth Work with Diaspora Young People click here

Briefing Sheet – – Emerging Themes in Work with Young Men click here

Briefing Sheet – Another Glass Ceiling – are Young Women Missing out on Training and Employment Opportunities click here

Briefing Sheet – Emerging Themes in Work with Girls and Young Women click here

For resources for measuring impact go to Centre for Youth Impact


Future Events

Up and coming Events

Partnership for Young London is working in collaboration with the voluntary and community sectors across several London boroughs to provide free training on the Theory of Change. These sessions are a day long and free to attend. If you wish to book a session contact

In September we will be delivering a practical session on Young Men and Emotional Well Being. Further details to follow over the next few weeks.



For general enquiries about Demonstrating Impact, please get in touch with Sandra Vacciana at  or on 020 7833 3319


Our partner

Partnership for Young London acknowledges the generous support of City Bridge Trust.