Archive for July, 2012

Learning Aims Reference Application (LARA) – version 1.1 is now live

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

The Learning Aim Database (LAD) was replaced by the Learning Aim Reference Application (LARA) for the 2011/12 academic year.  LARA is the repository for learning aims from 2011/12 onwards, and any data not relevant for the 2011/12 collection was not carried forward to the LARA system.

LARA V1.1 for 2012/13 is now live.  For more information visit: www.thedataservice.org.uk/News/LARAV1.1live.htm
To assist users with the release, there is an online tutorial available.  Visit www.thedataservice.org.uk/training/


CYWP seek finance and administrative service

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Cornwall Youth Work Partnership is looking to strengthen its financial systems and carefully enlarge the staff team to grow their work through fund raising and related activities. We are starting small and proceeding carefully, so it will involve 6 hours per week, initially for one year.

CEO Richard Mckie would like to hear from local VCS organisations able to provide this role through a Service Level Agreement. If you think you are in this position, take a look at the role description here  and, in no more than 2 sides of A4, describe how you would provide this service, the name, qualifications and experience of the person who would operate the service (if known) and the total annual cost, all by the close of play on Monday 13th August 2012.

You will need to be able to cover the essential criteria as a minimum; please note that the 6 hours per week will usually be spent in our office in Redruth, with exact timings to be agreed. Submissions need to be made electronically and sent to Richard.mckie@cywp.org.uk in the format above, by the deadline stipulated.


July edition of CYWP newsletter out now

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

The latest edition of the CYWP newsletter has now been published.

Read the July newsletter here.


The Young Foundation Publishes ‘A Framework of Outcomes for Young People’

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

The Young Foundation has today published ‘A Framework of Outcomes for Young People’, produced on behalf of the Catalyst Consortium and funded by the Department for Education.

The Framework:

  • Proposes a model of seven clusters of social and emotional capabilities, such as ‘Communication’ and ‘Managing Feelings’ and uses an evidence base to demonstrate their link to outcomes such as educational attainment, employment, and health.
  • Sets out a matrix of available tools to measure these capabilities, outlining which capabilities each tool covers, and key criteria that might be considered in selecting an appropriate tool – such as cost or the number of users.
  • Outlines a step by step approach to measuring these capabilities in practice, that is illustrated in four case studies that exemplify how the Framework might be used by providers, commissioners and funders.

For further information and to read the document, visit: http://www.youngfoundation.org/publications/reports/framework-outcomes-young-people


Sports Leaders UK Information Session, Thursday 2nd August 2012, 10.00am – 12.00pm

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Wesley Buildings, Wesley Street, Redruth, TR15 2EG

Jonathan Coleman, the South West Regional Foundation Manager for Sports Leaders UK, is delivering an information session for anyone who may currently be delivering Sports Leaders UK qualifications or who may be interested in delivering the qualifications in the future and would like to find out more.

Sports Leaders UK is an independent charity that works through over 3500 accredited delivery centres around the UK.  They provide nationally recognised leadership awards and qualifications.  All of the awards and qualifications are practical – learners learn by doing rather than through written work and assessment is made upon a learner’s ability to lead and demonstrate their leadership skills for a certain period of time, within a specific setting.  Learners don’t need to be sports stars or prima ballerinas – instead an interest in their chosen activity, a positive attitude and a willingness to volunteer are all that is required.  For many young people, a leadership role gives them recognition, a sense of self-worth and empowerment not otherwise available to them. For more information about Sports Leaders UK and the awards and qualifications on offer visit http://www.sportsleaders.org

What will the session cover?

  • Funding for Sports Leaders UK qualifications
  • The Free Sports Leaders UK resource to teach the values of the Olympic and Paralympic Games ‘Teaching Values Through Leadership’ Qualification  Credit Points related to Sports Leadership Qualifications
  • The Pathway of Sports, Dance and Outdoor Expedition Leadership Qualifications
  • New Qualifications including Level 1 & 2 in Sports Volunteering, Level 2 Award in Dance Leadership and level 2 Award in Assisting in Basic Expedition Leadership
  • New initiatives including the Sports Leaders UK Membership Association Scheme for young people and Volunteer Recognition Scheme
  • Sports Leaders UK National Tutor Training Program
  • Sports England Sports Makers and Sports Leaders
  • Sports Leaders UK Best Practice delivered by the Local Leadership Academy        

To book a place, email Helen Rundle at Cornwall Youth Work Partnership:  helen.rundle@cywp.org.uk


Post conference information – ‘Proving Your Impact’, Wednesday 13th June 2012, Exeter

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

South West Forum held a conference titled ‘Proving Your Impact’, on 13th June 2012 in Exeter.  The links to the presentations from the conference are below:

Speaker presentations:

Impact measurement and Social Value – a Policy Context – Peter Bailey, Big Lottery Fund

Charlotte Hanson, Research Project Manager, South West Forum

Getting started and choosing an approach –  Nicky Stevenson, The Guild

The value of impact measurement – Julie Hawker, CEO Cosmic      

Workshop presentations:

Measuring Soft Outcomes – Peter Bailey, Big Lottery Fund

An insight into Economic Impact methodologies – Matt Hill, University of Bristol

Measuring the Impact of Infrastructure – Karen Bell, University of Bristol, and Ruth Pitter, VOSCUR

Moving towards an Outcomes approach – Jill Davies, South Hams CVS

A few points from the day:

  • There was much said about the increasing importance of  measuring impact due to less funding being available, the increased competition for public sector contracts and the pressure to benchmark, compare and compete.
  • Outcomes based commissioning – local authorities are working towards outcomes based commissioning which means services are paid for on the basis of a set of agreed outcomes rather than on units of service provision (numbers of service users, hours, days).  They are looking to commission effective and efficient services that are able to demonstrate their impact on outcomes for service users.  There was discussion around the cost of impact measurement being proportionate to a contract size, however, on a very small contract this may not leave enough to pay for any meaningful measurement.  A local authority commissioner stated that they are aware of the issue of ensuring smaller organisations can compete in the commissioning process and win contracts and there needs to be a dialogue between the VCS and commissioners so that the process works for the VCS and they can compete and survive.  A consortia approach to impact measurement was mentioned, although obviously VCS organisations are also competitors.
  • There is often much discussion about the best way for impact to be measured.  There is not a one size fits all approach and there are many tools and methods available.  Organisations need to know the most effective way to measure their impact.  The Guild published a guide in 2010 titled ‘Getting Started in Social Impact Measurement’ which is for small or medium sized organisations who are new or fairly new to Social Impact Measurement. Read the report here.