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

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Governance and Funding Our work Toggle Back Programmes Toggle Back Active Across Ages Active Healthy Minds Toggle Back Get involved How we work Our impact Active in Mind Breaking Boundaries FA Girls’ Football School Partnerships Toggle Back For Primary Schools For Secondary Schools Youth Leadership Camp Girls Active Toggle Back Getting Involved Online Girls Active Awards Girls Active Coaches Camp Girls Active Northern Ireland Research and Impact Stepping up for Change HSBC UK Ready Set Ride Healthy Lifestyle Champions Inclusion 2020 Local People Programme Mentally Healthy Schools Programme Play Unified Sainsbury’s Active Kids 4 All Inclusive PE School Games Toggle Back Play Unified School Games - Competition Organiser Training School Games - Personal Challenge School Games National Finals School Games events Your School Games School Recruitment Window TOP Sportsability West Somerset Physical Literacy Project Inclusion Toggle Back LGBTQ+ SEND Research and Insight Hub Toggle Back Our Research Research and Insight services Why work with us? YST International Toggle Back ASC – Active School Communities ASE – Activity Square Europe BILD – Beckwith International Leadership Development Programme Developing school sport and youth volunteering in Estonia ESSD – European School Sports Day EU-PALS – European Physical Activity Label for Schools Event Ambassador Training International Inspiration International News Our Work PHYLIT– Physical Literacy SEDY – Sport Empowers Disabled Youth Support YST International TOPs UNOSDP – United Nations Office of Sport for Development and Peace Youth Leadership Training Get Involved Toggle Back National School Sport Week YST Conference Events Toggle Back Girls Go Gold Outstanding performers needed for Youth Sport Trust events Secondary CPD Fundraising Toggle Back Donations Our Fundraising Promise Challenge Event expression of interest form Challenge Events Toggle Back Olympic Park Half Marathon Rough Runner Spartan Race Superhero in the City 5k The Mudnificent Seven - Warwickshire London Marathon 2020 Thames Path Challenge The Wall Ultramarathon USA 2020 Volunteering Toggle Back Inclusive Futures Step into Sport Team Leaders Volunteering and Leadership Pathways Young Ambassadors Young Coach Academies Young Event Hosts Primary Premium Toggle Back About the Premium Evidencing the Impact YST Premium Toolkit Premium News How to spend your Premium Timeline of the Premium Resources Membership Toggle Back School Membership Toggle Back Chateez cards Consultancy Visit Forum Membership Resource Library Newsletters and Publications Personal Development Posters Personal Development Toolkit Quality Mark Schools In Action Personal Membership Membership Networks Headline figures TEXT GOES HERE YST Impact Report Launch More than 630,000 children supported to have better wellbeing through sport and play. Headline figures Book your place TEXT GOES HERE YST Conference This year's event will focus on the power of physical education, sport and play to build connections and strengthen communities. Book your place Find out more TEXT GOES HERE Active Across Ages We have developed an action-based research project which uses physical activity as the catalyst to bring generations together. Find out more Sign up now TEXT GOES HERE USA 2020 Challenge Schools can sign up to receive FREE education resources whilst supporting 401 marathon runner Ben Smith on his new challenge. Sign up now Go there now Catch up on last month's highlights The YST Podcast The YST Podcast is here! Find us here or on Spotify, iTunes, Acast, or wherever you get your podcasts from. Go there now The Youth Sport Trust is a children's charity working to ensure every child enjoys the life-changing benefits that come from play and sport. We have more than 20 years of expertise in pioneering new ways of using sport to improve children's wellbeing and give them a brighter future. Configure block Latest news Edit Delete School Girls Empowered to Become Campaigners for PE New resources are being rolled out to girls in secondary schools as part of a campaign to empower them to get their peers active. Tuesday, January 21, 2020 Continue Reading Edit Delete More than 630,000 children supported to have better wellbeing through sport & play The Youth Sport Trust (YST) has today revealed through its annual Impact report that it helped 630,000 young people benefit from training and opportunities to participate in high, quality inclusive sport and play last year. Thursday, January 16, 2020 Continue Reading Edit Delete Children’s charity joins forces with parents’ advisory group to improve sport for young people The Youth Sport Trust has partnered with Working with Parents in Sport (WWPIS) to provide children with the best possible sporting experiences, through supporting parents, coaches and other organisations. Wednesday, January 15, 2020 Continue Reading Edit Delete Sport and play has key role in building next generation of empathetic leaders Empathy Week will take place between 24-28 February 2020 and is a free resource which includes films, lesson plans, a teacher’s guide and student worksheets Monday, January 13, 2020 Continue Reading More News Our Impact Report Configure block This year’s impact report, which covers the 2018/19 academic year, details the impact of our work across our key strategic objectives and our wider 2018-2022 strategy – Believing in Every Child’s Future. For the first time, through a new approach to how we evaluate our work, we are able to report against a set of core outcomes which sit at the heart of all our programmes and projects. This approach reinforces our strategic commitment to championing the positive impact of physical activity, PE and sport through research and insight. Highlights include supporting the development of the government’s new School Sport & Activity Action Plan and the ongoing success of programmes such as Girls Active and School Games. We also look back on the #ReframeCompetition campaign, plus the launch of Active Across Ages, a new intergenerational project aimed at tackling isolation by bringing young and old people together. To find out more and to read the report in full please click on the button below. Visit our Impact Report Configure block Stay up to date with our newsletters Email Address * Your Name * Submit In the Spotlight Configure block Challenge Events Join #TribeYST and take on a challenge to help raise money and ensure that all young people can benefit from the life changing benefits of play and sport. Healthy Movers Delivered through resources and training for both the practitioner and family, Healthy Movers aims to develop physical literacy in children. Our Athlete Mentors Through our programmes, the Youth Sport Trust is deploying some of Britain’s most successful world class athletes into schools to inspire young people and improve thousands of lives all across the UK. School Games The School Games, which is funded by Sport England and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, is a government led programme designed to deliver competitive school sport to all young people. Equality and Diversity We strive to ensure that every young person has the opportunity to participate in high quality PE and sport, regardless of their background, ethnicity, gender, ability or indeed any other personal characteristic. Our impact Edit Delete 630,000 young people benefited from training and opportunities to participate in and lead high quality inclusive sport and play in 2018/19. Edit Delete 18,420 schools reached through our programmes in 2018/19. Edit Delete 94% of young people taking part in one of our programmes said the experienced helped them develop at least one important life skill - communication, leadership or teamwork. Edit Delete 89% of teachers said a YST programme had a positive impact on young people's health and wellbeing - improving either confidence, empathy or resilience. Edit Delete 77% of teachers said they had seen at least one of the following positive benefits for pupils within school - attainment, attendance or behaviour. Edit Delete 26,771 adults trained in 2018/19 to support PE and school sport. Believing in every child's future Youth Sport Trust SportPark 3 Oakwood Drive Leicestershire LE11 3QF Registered charity number: 1086915 Registered company number: 4180163 Twitter Facebook Youtube Flickr Configure block LOOKING TO SUPPORT US? With your generosity, we can continue to help hundreds of thousands of young people. Donate Other ways to help Contact Us Jobs Sitemap Staff Intranet Policies and Procedures Accessibility Governance Terms and Conditions
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