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Realising Ambition keeps young people at the heart of evidence gathering

Catch22’s patron The Princess Royal joined 40 delegates for a seminar on the Realising Ambition programme.

12 February 2015

‘Focus on measuring the positive impact voluntary sector services can have on young people’s lives’ was the advice given by Catch22’s Patron Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal to attendees at a Realising Ambition seminar on 5 February.

HRH The Princess Royal Talking to Realising Ambition Delegates
HRH The Princess Royal talking to delegates at the Realising Ambition seminar

Attended by over 40 delegates, this seminar examined what Realising Ambition has revealed about the use of evidence in service delivery and commissioning processes three years into the programme.

Realising Ambition aims to understand what works, for whom and why in preventing young people from offending. Interventions are delivered by 22 organisations within the programme, which is managed by Catch22 in partnership with The Young Foundation, Substance and the Dartington Social Research Unit.

Three of these organisations – the Anne Frank Trust, Bang Edutainment and Winston’s Wish – presented at the seminar, with speakers including two young people. Each organisation reflected on how the programme has supported them to better evidence their impact, with Eloise (Anne Frank) and Vwede (Bang) explaining how their involvement had increased their confidence and engagement with school.

Rajay Naik, Board Member of the Big Lottery Fund, gave the keynote address, highlighting one of the original intentions of the Big Lottery when they established this programme, which was to improve outcomes for young people.

The expert panel members, Lucy Sydney from the Commissioning Academy and Kieron Boyle from the Cabinet Office, also spoke of the appetite of commissioners to understand what works, and the need for more focus on evidence in early intervention. This was followed by small group work examining what further evidence base is needed to enhance services and how partnership working can be improved.

Chair of the seminar, Catch22’s Director of Communications Tom Lewis-Reynier, reflected:

‘This event was an excellent opportunity to bring Catch22’s partners across local and national government together with funders and the voluntary sector to examine how we embed an evidence-based approach to service design and delivery.

Realising Ambition is a real example of organisations working in partnership to do this; it is important that we take our learning from the programme so far to continue to influence the way in which evidence is used across all sectors.’

Find out more

Please email if you are interested in attending a future Realising Ambition event or learning more about the programme.

Read about the Realising Ambition programme.