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Minister announces open call seeking submissions on measuring outcomes for young people engaged with youth services


“Building on best practices and expertise to work towards our common goal of achieving positive outcomes for young people”


Statement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone



Thursday 31st May, 2018

Dr. Katherine Zappone T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, announced an open call today seeking submissions on measuring outcomes for young people engaged with youth services. 

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs want to learn about how organisations determine what difference is made by services for people who use them. This is part of a process to redesign how the Department governs a funding scheme which is currently valued at approximately €35m per year. The purpose of the redesigned scheme is to support young people to overcome adverse circumstances by strengthening their personal and social skills. 

The Department are particularly interested in the measurement of skills such as emotional intelligence, communication, resilience and determination. Young people who develop these types of soft skills tend to achieve positive life outcomes such as completing education courses, gaining employment and staying healthy. These types of outcomes can be challenging to measure for different reasons and it can be hard to know the contribution services have made to their development. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the development of key elements of a new targeted funding scheme in the youth sector that aims to deliver positive outcomes for young people in Ireland today.

Individuals or organisations with an interest in youth, personal or social services are encouraged to make a submission by completing the submission form available on the DCYA website and sending relevant materials to YRSP@dcya.gov.ie by Friday 6th July at 1700. The submissions will be reviewed and a number of organisations or individuals may be invited to share further details with the Department.

Commenting on the announcement of the open call today, Dr. Katherine Zappone T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs said:

“I am delighted to announce an open call seeking submissions on measuring outcomes for young people engaged with youth services. As Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, I am keenly aware of the important contribution youth services can make to young people’s lives. In recognition of the commitment and dedication of youth service personnel across the country, my Department are building on best practices and expertise to work towards our common goal of achieving positive outcomes for young people.”

Further details on the submission process are available below:

DCYA open Call for Submissions

Form for submission in response to DCYA open call

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