We’ve held a number of workshops to discuss some key themes from our Empowering Young People programme – see our previous blog. Based on these discussions we’ve decided to post some blogs on the key programme themes that raised the most questions. We hope you find them helpful.
When you’re applying to our Empowering Young People programme, don’t panic when you see the words “project outcome” on the application form. We simply want to know what will change if we give you money to do your project.
Tell us about your project in your own words. We’re not testing your language skills or looking for buzzwords. This blog has some advice on writing an outcome.
In question 19 (page 17) of the stage one application, we have written one outcome for you and we ask that you write up to three more for your project. (Depending on your project, you might only need to write one or two).
If you are a bit unsure about how to do this follow these three steps.
1. Look at what you have found out about the issues or problems (needs) See our blog “Tell us why your project is needed”
For example, your evidence shows that young carers in your area have high levels of stress that affects their mental and physical health.
2. Identity what your project will change to make things better for young people
In this example, the project will address these problems by providing activities such as counselling, fitness classes or relaxation therapies and the support they need to be able to participate.
3. Tell us how young people’s lives will be better as a result of your project
The project outcome could be: young carers feel more supported and have improved physical and mental health.
Your project outcomes should be directly connected to the issues you want to change through your project. When you are writing your project outcomes, use words that describe the change, for example: more, better, improved, less. Don’t worry if your outcomes are not specific or measurable, we will look at this in more detail at Stage two.
Finally make sure your project fits within the main aim and outcomes of the Empowering Young People programme.
Read our blog on “Putting young people at the centre of your project”.
- Keep your project outcomes simple, you should be able to write each outcome in one short sentence.
- Project outcomes should not list activities.
- Make sure you are not being too ambitious; for example reducing youth unemployment or youth crime may not be in your power to change with this project.