Impact

Its why we do it . . . .

The results of a rigorous randomised control trial provide “compelling and robust evidence that young people who take part in the [key stage five] programme develop some of the most critical skills for employment and adulthood".

For example, students that participated on the programme showed an 11% increase in empathy, an 11% increase in co-operation, a 7% increase in grit and resilience, a 6% increase in problem solving and an 11% improvement in attitudes towards their education compared to a rigorously selected control group.

The Education Endowment Foundation recently selected our key stage four programme for a randomised control following a national selection process.  This reports in April 2020.

Randomised control trials are the gold standard of impact assessment and therefore help us to have wider impact by influencing policy and practice beyond Envision by demonstrating what works.

We are also committed to using data to drive continuous improvement. Our CEO co-founded a charity drawing together CEOs across our sector to develop a shared impact assessment tool.  The result - the Impact Accelerator  - has now been adopted by the Centre for Youth Impact.  Envision was one of the first organisations to be awarded Impact Partner Status for completing the year-long assessment which has resulted in us more sharply defining our outcomes, selecting and testing robust measurement tools and improving how we analyse and use data to drive continuous improvement.

We worked with leading behavioural scientists the Behavioural Insights Team to identify verified assessment scales to measure confidence, which have been approved by the Education Endowment Foundation. Last year comparison of assessment at the start adn end of the programme demonstrated that 

  • 70% of participants demonstrated an improvement in their self-efficacy comparing the baseline and endpoint scores using the General Self Efficacy Scale.
  • 77% of participants demonstrated an improvement in their social confidence using the Self Perceived Communication Competence Scale

For the key stage four programme our focus is on enabling young people to develop transferrable skills to enable them to work more effectively with others. 

  • 66% of participants demonstrated an improvement in their teamworking using the Teamwork Scale for Youth

For our key stage five programme we seek to develop a wider range of employability skills including grit, creativity, teamworking and communication.  This year we are starting to use the employability skills scales used by the Careers and Enterprise Company which means we will be able to contribute to a national data set to identify what works.

As well as robust self-assessment scales we have asked participants to demonstrate their skills by completing personal skills challenges to earn points for their team in the competition. 

  • 84% of participants were able to provide an example of using a technique learned on the programme to resolve a disagreement in the team.
  • 87% were able to provide an example of using a technique they had learned on the programme to keep going when they felt like giving up.
  • 89% were able to provide an example of using a technique learned on the programme to enable them to create ideas
  • 91% were able to provide an example of using a technique learned on the programme to manage their nerves in a challenging situation.