About the Hub

The NYA Research Hub (The Hub) is interested in the key issues and challenges around youth work practice. By bringing together youth work and academic researchers, whether formal or informal, we seek to improve the understanding of how youth work makes a difference to young people, their communities and society as a whole.

The ultimate aim is to ensure that youth work practice ‘on the ground’ feeds in to research and vice versa, with the results helping to better inform practice, policy and sector development. We will translate the best of research and practice from across the country into easily understandable formats to support practice.

This month, we are asking for content from across the sector to help inform The Hub.

We are also inviting interested parties to join the Steering Group to help shape The Hub and develop a national programme of research to identify and advance research that:

  • Determines the cost benefit of investing in preventative services and open access youth work.
  • Investigates how youth work and associated services adapt to new environments.
  • Explores particular aspects of youth work and young people’s lives.
  • Facilitates research findings to be incorporated into training, development and policy.


Help Shape the Content

To launch The Hub, NYA recognises the key issues highlighted by young people through the UK Youth Parliament Make Youth Mark poll. We’ve selected the four issues which received the most votes and call for case studies, reports, and/or examples of research and practice against each theme. Please note, we cannot accept opinion pieces.

The NYA Research team will collate and translate these submissions into a practice informing paper, and/or to commission additional research through the Hub’s members.

Our current issues and themes:

  • Knife crime – What is the role of youth work in addressing knife crime?
  • Young people’s mental health – How do youth work principles, values and practice impact young people’s mental health?
  • Equal Pay, Equal Work – How is youth work helping young people during the transition to employment (and providing further support beyond)?
  • Homelessness – How is youth work helping young people at risk of homelessness?

Please use the submission tool below to provide us with your examples and best practice by no later than 17:00 on 17th May 2019.

All data provided should be anonymised and by submitting you agree to the National Youth Agency and our partners the Professional Association of Lecturers in Youth and Community Work to use the content for the purpose of informing the work of the NYA Research Hub and to inform future NYA developments.


Apply to join the NYA Research Hub Steering Group

To enable the development of a national programme of youth work research we are inviting applications to join the NYA Research Steering Group, especially from the following fields:

  1. Practitioners and young people – active practitioners (at all levels) working with young people (who will also ensure a youth voice on The Group).
  2. Academics – with an active interest in young people and youth work related research.
  3. Funders – supporters of the youth sectors practice and research interests.
  4. Policy – local, regional and national policy development leads.

Applying is very simple, all we ask is for you to read over the attached Terms of Reference and, if interested, explain in no more than 500 words how you will contribute to our goals to bring both research and practice closer together as per the Terms of Reference, by no later than 17:00 on 17th May 2019.


If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact research@nya.org.uk


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