Why work with us?

YST Why work with us?
We have a passion for turning research into meaningful insight. With our experienced and dedicated team of analysts and mixed method researchers, each member of our team has a unique skill set that together brings added value to the clients we support.

We are a leading authority on research into the impact of PE, sport and physical activity on the wellbeing and life chances of children and young people.

We work across the public, private and voluntary sectors to conduct sound research and provide thoughtful insight and practical recommendations.

We can help you...

  • Understand the wider PE, physical activity and sport landscape for young people
  • Design your research with you to enhance your knowledge and understanding, be it understanding participation, better youth insight into motivations and barriers or testing new ideas
  • Deliver research, analysis and insight
  • Translate findings and advise on how to use and implement them
  • Evaluate the effectiveness and impact of your projects and programmes
  • Disseminate what works
  • Influence policy and practice.

Youth voice

We put young people at the heart of what we do. Our delivery experience, reach and networks enable us to talk to and work with a huge range of young people as part of our research offer.

Our reach and networks

Our networks give us a broad reach of engagement for research and insight, through delivery networks, our influencing relationships and research partners.

Expertise - our capabilities

We have over 20 years’ experience of delivering effective evaluation services to assess the effectiveness and impact of project interventions at all stages of the implementation cycle.

We tailor our approach to devise the most appropriate evaluation framework for your projects, based on a clear logic model. We have expertise in developing effective data tools and data collection systems for our monitoring and evaluation work, ensuring that they are appropriate to the specific project.

We use a range of methods, mixing traditional with more innovative — for example, in our qualitative work we will use consultations alongside other techniques such graffiti walls, picture research and ‘speed dating’. We use surveys, both print and online, and we maximise the use of digital approaches via forums, panels, vox pops, video diaries and social media as appropriate.

We pride ourselves on delivering effective impact evaluation, as well as social impact and return on investment evaluation, to help our clients really understand the outcomes and impacts of their projects.

We want our work to make a difference to young people so we work closely with you in how we present our findings to be engaging and accessible, drawing out practical recommendations.

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Work with our Research and Insight team Details
By commissioning us and working with us, you are supporting us to achieve our mission to improve children’s lives and their futures. We are always open to new partnerships and collaborations, and are actively seeking to develop a ‘Research Hub’ which helps the sector evidence its impact. If you would like to join us as a research partner or work with us on a particular project, do get in touch.

Research and Insight Hub

We offer research, analysis, insight and evaluation services to organisations with an interest in the wider children and young people’s sector.
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Research and Insight services

We offer a wide range of research and insight services to help you build your knowledge, explore ideas, test your hypotheses, analyse the evidence and deliver a deeper understanding to inform your work and shape next steps.
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Our Research

Explore our latest research, evaluation and insight reports. We pride ourselves on delivering high quality, robust research translated into clear, practical recommendations for our partners.
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