Children and young people, Education, employment and economic development, Health and well-being

Youth Work Ireland: exploring the impact of integrated youth work

Youth Work Ireland (YWI) is the largest youth organization in Ireland. YWI uses an innovative Integrated Youth Service Model to ensure that young people receive a high quality, efficient and effective service which treats them as a ‘whole person’. This is expected to improve outcomes for young people, while at the same making services more efficient and delivering long-term benefits to society by reducing the incidence and cost of future social problems. 

Just Economics was commissioned by Youth Work Ireland to assess the evidence for integrated youth work, in general, and the YWI Integrated Youth Service Model, specifically. The abalysis combines primary and secondary research. The latter comprised an extensive literature review on youth work and integrated working. The former consisted of interviews and workshops with young people, Youth Service staff, and staff from related external bodies. The findings will be published in 2019. 

Youth Work Ireland

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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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