Generation Change Impact Accelerator

Working with six pilot organisations to explore how they can improve their impact through service design, and pragmatic use of data.


Generation Change is a movement to enhance the quality of youth social action programmes in the UK. We are working with them to help design and deliver their Impact Accelerator. This is a scheme to help organisations to adopt an adapted version of the Realising Ambition Confidence Framework through a process of independent evaluation and service design support.

“We work to encourage the development of a learning organisational culture, where challenges are expected and overcome using creativity, data and evidence.”

Our role

The Lab works alongside the pilot organisations in many ways to support their development. This often involves helping them to develop and refine a theory of change, revise the metrics used to evaluate outcomes, and explore way through which they can monitor the quality of implementation of their project. We work with them to encourage the development of a learning organisational culture, where challenges are expected and overcome using creativity, data and evidence.

Our partners

This is a joint partnership project funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Big Change.

For more information, contact: Keira Lowther


Find out more about Generation Change

See also thematic leads for the Centre for Youth Impact

Project Timeline


AugustThe Lab team held an all-day workshop with a cross section of staff from The Scout Association to discuss the possibilities for using data and evidence to improve community action work supported across Scout Groups! We mapped the kinds of evidence they collected and what they used them for. The Lab team also visited the vInspired NCS team in Newcastle to discuss common outcomes for local delivery partners.

JulyThe Lab held a strategy workshop with trustees of The Key to discuss their involvement in the Impact Accelerator. They were universally positive and could see how this could really help to focus efforts on measuring outcomes.

MayThe Lab assisted a strategy session with trustees of Envision, helping to develop and improve their theory of change. We enjoyed a long debate about ultimate outcomes, intermediate outcomes and how these linked to specific activities. We were also complimented on our geekiness.

AprilThe Lab led a workshop in Newcastle with the staff of The Key to help them to understand and develop their theory of change. They were able to identify clear goals for the programme and how the theory of self-determination was key to their success.

FebruaryThe Lab team held an all day workshop with the Citizenship Foundation to develop their theory of change, to check in on learning and see where there was opportunity for supporting others in the programme.

FebruaryThe Lab team met with the Citizenship Foundation to develop their theory of change, mapping all activities onto outcomes to clearly demonstrate how they expected to see the changes they wanted for children in schools.


DecemberThe Lab team led a workshop with Envision to discuss their theory of change. There was much lively and engaging debate!

NovemberThroughout November the Lab team and Generation Change met with the CEOs of the pilot organisations to make sure they were aware of the extent of the commitment they were making.

September The Impact Accelerator pilot programme was launched at the Young Foundation through an all day training away day for participating staff.

JuneOrganisations were selected to participate in the pilot project.