Impact Labs
Learn about impact measurement, and apply your skills to the benefit of local charities.
Applications are now OPEN - deadline Sunday 20th January.
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Impact measurement is essential for charities to be able to prove the value of their work, but also to improve the services they deliver and ensure they give the best possible outcomes. However, charities often lack the capacity to devote time to this area of work.
Our Impact Labs programme trains teams of volunteers in key impact measurement skills, so that they can support local organisations to achieve their goals. Specifically, the programme partners with youth sector providers based in Oxford City. In the past these have included youth clubs, tutoring schemes, and mentoring programmes to give a few examples.
What can I expect?
Working in teams of 3 or 4, volunteers will be matched with a youth organisation and work on a specific brief. The project brief provides information about the next steps the organisation is hoping to take in their impact measurement journey. Previous projects have included:
  • Helping an organisation develop their theory of change.
  • Evaluating a specific intervention, ensuring that it delivers the impact that it is meant to have.
  • Developing the tools to help an organisation collect relevant data for their programmes.
  • Bringing together an impact report for an organisation that has already collected a lot of data.
Impact Labs takes place across 6 weeks, requiring an average of 3-4 hours of your time each week. In order to participate in the programme, volunteers need to be able to commit to the following timeline:
  • Submit your online application before the deadline (1st week).
  • If your application is successful, you will receive some background reading about your placement and impact measurement.
  • Attend a launch session at Oxford Hub in 2nd week, and additional training during 3rd week.
  • Meet with your community partner. Together discuss the brief, work through any queries, agree on a project timeline and the level of communication you will maintain with the organisation for the duration of the programme.
  • Work with your team to undertake your impact measurement project between 3rd and 8th week. Ongoing support will be provided from Oxford Hub and your community partner as appropriate.
  • Attend a halfway check in at Oxford Hub in 6th week in order to share your learnings so far with the rest of the cohort, and discuss plans moving forward.
  • Attend a presentation and evaluation evening in 8th week. As part of your team, you will present the results and recommendations arising from the project. We will also take this opportunity to collect your feedback on the programme.
Read our recent blog post to find out more!
Get involved
Applications are open!
To get involved please apply via our this form.
We will also be hosting an information session at Oxford Hub on the 15th of January where you can find out more about the programme and ask any questions.
Please note, we often receive applications from more individuals than we can place for this programme. We therefore prioritise applications who can demonstrate a commitment to social impact and an interest in helping young people, for example shown through their previous volunteering experience. We also welcome applications from individuals with research experience, although this is not a requirement as further training will be provided.
We are an inclusive organisation and can make reasonable adjustments to application processes, interviews, training sessions and other activities on a case-by-case basis. We also provide ongoing support for the volunteers we work with, so if you have particular accessibility needs, please do get in touch at
If you are a charity or organisation working with young people in Oxford, and would like to host a group of volunteer researchers, please find further information here and email to get involved.
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