For Cambridge University PhD researchers: Learn about impact measurement, and apply your skills to the benefit of local youth sector organisations.
Cambridge (virtual delivery)
Next cohort May - June 2021 - Applications now open!
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 PhD researchers to work alongside local organisations to achieve their goals.
Based on their motivation, skills and experience, small teams of PhD researchers 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.
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.
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.
To participate you must currently be a University of Cambridge PhD researcher.
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 PhD researchers we work with, so if you have particular accessibility needs, please do get in touch at [email protected]
If you are a social impact organisation based in Cambridgeshire and would like to host a group of PhD researcher consultants for this programme, please find further information here or get in touch with Isobel, [email protected]
Impact Labs is a partnership between the University of Cambridge Careers Service and Cambridge Hub.