Impact Labs

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

Informaton icon For Cambridge University PhD 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 January - March 2021 - Applications now open!

This programme will run again in January 2021 - Applications now open!

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 PhD researchers to work alongside local organisations to achieve their goals. The programme currently focuses on youth sector providers in Cambridge.

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, teams of 3-6 PhD researchers are built and matched with youth sector 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.

Youth sector organisations with which Cambridge Hub has previously collaborated in different capacities include: 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 January - March 2021.

The programme requires an average of 4-6 hours per week. You will be provided with some reading materials prior to the 4 hour pre-programme workshop. There is a presentation evening at the end of the programme to showcase your work to your community partner, which will last approximately 1.5 hours.

The programme will be delivered virtually. Interviews, workshop and the presentation evening will now all happen online.

Get involved

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]

Information for local youth sector organisations

If you are a youth sector charity or other social impact organisation based in Cambridge, and would like to host a group of PhD researcher consultants for this programme, check out this document or write to [email protected]

Impact Labs is a partnership between the University of Cambridge Careers Service and Cambridge Hub. Alt text


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