Most graduates from our programmes not only learn to manage conflict, but also go on to work, study, and volunteer in their communities. Time and again, we see their positive impact on those around them.

The difference we make

Our research shows that once young people learn to manage conflict and realise their own capacity for change their life outcomes improve dramatically. 

They’re more likely to have better relationships with their family and peers, reducing their risk of ending up homeless or in gangs. 

They develop better attitudes towards education and employment, increasing their chances of staying in school or getting a job.

They learn to step away from negative situations, leading to reduced violence in their peer groups and communities.

Practitioners working with young people gain tools and techniques for direct use in their work and build confidence in helping young people deal with challenging emotions.

 

 

1,300+

In 2017, we delivered our programmes to 486 young people and prisoners, and 846 professionals 

85

We ran 85 courses in 2017, including training and focus groups

85%

agreed that Leap helped them to learn to resolve conflict, and they had put that knowledge into practice since graduation

91%

were continuing to use what they had learned 

6/7

6 out of 7 graduates involved in offending before the programme had not offended since (of the 35 who took part in the evaluation) 

80%

agreed that Leap had helped them progress towards achieving their goals

78%

agreed that IP helped them to make positive choices about their relationships, friendships and networks

Evaluation & Impact

Impact drives us. We must understand our impact to ensure that we’re working with and for young people in the best way possible and to increase that impact over time.

Our overall Theory of Change (ToC) sets out how we aim to have an impact across our work, and we are developing distinct ToCs for all of our programmes. This enables us to uncover assumptions, ensure our programmes have the greatest impact, identify the right indicators to measure success, and pinpoint how we can work with partners.

Evaluation helps us to improve, so we factor it into our programmes at every stage, from collecting baseline data to evaluations during programmes. We also see longitudinal evaluations as a vital part of our follow up with young people, the adults who referred them to the course and the trainer to get a full picture of our impact. Such evaluations are carried out between six and twelve months after graduation.

We exchange lessons learned as part of the overall Charity Evaluations Working Group, the Action Research Community of Practice and the Centre for Youth Impact, as well as the London Youth Network.

We conduct internal evaluations and work with external, independent evaluators to guard against any bias.