An organisation established by government to support the youth sector is to take on a "national leadership" role.
Youth minister Rob Wilson said the role is part of plans for the "next phase" of the Centre for Youth Impact, which will see it become a central point of information and a forum for discussing impact measurement of practice in the youth sector.
It will also offer an online source of impact measurement resources for youth sector organisations, and provide an insight into how young people can play an active role in measuring the impact of the services that they take part in.
“The centre is becoming the leading voice for the importance of evidence and impact in work with young people – this is strengthened by it being sector-led and valued by the sector,” Wilson said.
Bethia McNeil, director of the Centre for Youth Impact, said: “We’re very pleased that the Centre for Youth Impact can build on the pilot phase and progress our collective understanding of evidence and impact in youth work and services for young people. In the pilot phase, early adopters and their networks took ownership of the space that the centre created for conversation and collaboration – we want to continue this,” she said.