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Durham University

School of Education

Research Projects

Evaluation of Youth United Social Action Trial

A research project of the School of Education.


The project being evaluated is an intervention as part of ‘Youth Social Action’ taking place in secondary schools in the north of England. 


The project is funded by the following grant.

  • Evaluation Of Youth United Social Action Trial (£101879.00 from Education Endowment Foundation)


The intervention is from the Youth United Foundation (a charity supporting the network of voluntary organisations offering established long term programmes such as Scouts, Girlguiding, Boy and Girl Brigade, Cadet forces and St John’s Ambulance) and is intended to have an impact on levels of pupil attainment, a range of wider non-attainment outcomes such as aspiration, motivation and self-confidence, and some longer-term outcomes such as enhanced opportunities for subsequent employment. The trial is a simple two-group comparison over one school year (but with a second within-school comparator). One set of participating schools will received the intervention, and the remainder will receive an incentive payment on completion of the post-test in Autumn 2015. 


The trial includes a process evaluation and ends in 2015. 


From the School of Education