Children and young people, Digital inclusion, International development and finance, Social impact of technology

Microsoft YouthSpark Evaluation

YouthSpark is a flagship programme of Microsoft Philanthropies, which aims to enable young people around the world to learn digital and computer science skills. The skills range includes: the ability to survive in an increasingly digital world, understanding how that world works, how to use and create technologies, through to the specialised skills needed for specific technology careers. As well as having an intrinsic value, these skills also help to build vital cognitive skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, computational skills and information management, which are highly valued by industry. 

This qualitative evaluation assessed the extent to which YOuthSpark was achieving its mission and objectives. Over 100 stakheolders were engaged and site visits were conducted in the Middle East and Africa, Europe and Asia. The evaluation was commissioned to feed into Microsoft's strategic planning process and to inform its future strategy for YouthSpark. 

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