Impact Labs
Learn about impact measurement, and apply your skills to the benefit of local charities.
Applications are now OPEN - deadline Monday 22nd April.
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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 8 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 on Monday 22nd April.
  • If your application is successful, you will be invited to at attend a launch session at Oxford Hub which will introduce the programme and provide some introductory training.
  • After this you will arrange to meet with your community partner to discuss your project brief and come up with a plan for its completion. From this point onwards you will be working with your team to undertake your impact measurement project, with ongoing support provided from Oxford Hub and your community partner as appropriate.
  • Finally, we will have a celebration event at Oxford Hub to bring teams and partners together and showcase the results and recommendations arising from projects.
Our upcoming round of Impact Labs will take place from w/c 29th April and close w/c 17th June. A full schedule of key dates will be shared ahead of the programme's launch.
Read our recent blog post to find out more about the programme!
Get involved
Applications are open!
To get involved please apply via our this form before the 22nd of April.
We will also be hosting an information session at Oxford Hub 6:00-6:45pm on Monday 8th April where you can find out more about the programme and ask any questions.
We welcome applications from all local university students (undergraduates and postgraduates) and members of the wider community here in Oxford. 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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