Developing our evaluation process to support a higher standard of evidence

In understanding the best methodology to quantify our impact, there are many factors to consider. Here, we get to grips with the challenges that come with defining a meaningful comparison group and what that means for our evaluation. Read more

Miquita Oliver inspires pupils with the power of skipping and physical fitness

This Summer term, we had the opportunity to host renowned television presenter, entrepreneur and fellow West Londoner, Miquita Oliver to our partner school, St Mary’s primary school for an inspirational assembly on the power of skipping and sport. Read more

The benefits of qualitative methods

Measuring the impact in a social context can be extremely difficult. Here, we explore the value of our mixed-method approach so that we can better understand different aspects of our programme Read more

Our early years qualitative developmental evaluation with The Centre for Education and Youth

Monitoring and evaluation is at the core of what we do. Here, we discuss our partnership with The Centre for Education and Youth and how qualitative, developmental evaluation can provide rich insights into the impact of our work with early years children and families. Read more

Our Development Board – harnessing the collective power of community

A core principle of the WLZ model is to harness the collective power of the community and join up a system of support around each child. Our Development Board is a group of local philanthropists who help us to achieve our goal of a community working together so that every child can thrive. Read more

Our evaluation methods – exploring how one size doesn’t always fit all

As we explore the different approaches we take for our evaluation methods, why we do it, and some of the challenges of evaluating our service effectively. This post highlights some of the 'big questions' for West London Zone around evaluation. Read more

The Joy of Reading programme…one year on

Launched in 2021 to connect student volunteers from independent schools with children on our programme for weekly reading sessions. The project sought to improve reading confidence & deepen community ties. Read more

Unlocking the virtues within us – the importance of children’s mental health

In support of Place2Be’s Children’s Mental Health Week, we have been talking about the importance of recognising the mental health of young people in our communities. Our mental health counsellor, Tamsin Allsebrook shares what this means in practice. Read more

Why we do what we do –the power of sharing stories

At a recent event we not only spoke about the data and impact our programme has on young people on our programme, but also the real-life positive stories that show the human side of our impact. Here, Jenny Hoyle, Delivery Director, talks us through the event and what it meant to her. Read more

Film and philanthropy helping to build our local network of supporters

We recently held a screening event of Eric Ravillious: Drawn to War as a way to meet new local supporters and share our work Read more

Our 2022 impact results are in – and they are some of our best results to date

We have recently released the results of our latest impact analysis, which measures the impact our programme has with the children and young people we work with across social, emotional, and academic measurements Read more

A charity for West London, based in West London – why representation within our charity matters

As Black History Month draws to a close, we wanted to reflect on what it means for us - as individuals but also as a charity Read more