Impact Labs

For Cambridge University postgraduate researchers: Learn about impact measurement, and apply your skills to the benefit of local youth sector organisations.

Informaton icon For Cambridge University postgraduate researchers: Learn about impact measurement, and apply your skills to the benefit of local youth sector organisations.

Location icon Cambridge (virtual delivery)

Clock icon Next cohort May - June 2021 - Applications now open!

2021-22 Update

Unfortunately, Impact Labs will not be running for the first term. If you would like to support us to run Impact Labs over the next year, please do get in touch with us at [email protected]

Why Impact Labs?

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 deliver the best possible outcomes. However, charities often lack the capacity to devote time to this area of work. Our Impact Labs programme supports teams of University of Cambridge postgraduate students to work alongside local organisations to achieve their goals.

We were thrilled to work alongside Stars in 2019-20, read what they had to say about their experience here.

What can I expect?

Based on their motivation, skills and experience, small teams are built and matched with social impact organisations in Cambridge to 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.

Projects could include:

  • 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.

Organisations we have previously collaborated with: Cambridge City Council Children and Young People's Participation Service (ChYpPS), Cambridge United Community Trust, EACH, Eddie's, Form the Future, Home-Start Cambridgeshire, Power2Inspire, STIMULUS, Turtle Dove, Woodcraft Folk, YMCA Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, Romsey Mill, The Kite Trust, The Brazelton Centre, and Raspberry Pi.

Easter timeline

Applications are now open for our next cohort which will run from May - June 2021.

To begin the programme Cambridge Hub will deliver an introduction to impact workshop, equipping you with key skills and knowledge to start your challenge. Each week you will meet with Cambridge Hub staff so that we off your team tailored support. On average, you will spend around 4-6 hours per week on your project. We celebrate the end of the programme with a Presentation Showcase where you will present your research and findings to your community partner.

All elements of the programme will be delivered virtually in line with current guidance. You do not need to be based in Cambridge to take part.

Key dates

  • 23rd April, 12 noon - applications close
  • 26th - 28th April, interviews
  • 30th April, finalise teams
  • 4th May, introduction to impact workshop (2 hours)
  • 5th May - 17th June, session weeks
  • 18th June, Presentation Showcase (1.5 hours)

Get involved

To participate you must currently be a postgraduate student at University of Cambridge.


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 students we work with, so if you have particular accessibility needs, please do get in touch at [email protected]

Information for local organisations

If you are a social impact organisation based in Cambridgeshire and would like to host a group of postgraduates for this programme, please find further information here or get in touch with Susana, [email protected]

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