Realising Ambition Programme Insights: Issue 1

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The Secret Life of Innovation: Replication

The Realising Ambition consortium, of which The Young Foundation is a part, are producing a series of 12 Programme Insights rather than writing a long evaluation report at the end of the five-year programme.

Realising Ambition is delighted to announce the launch of its first Programme Insight, one of a series of short briefings sharing key learning from the programme.

By sharing ideas, successes, challenges and even some mistakes, the consortium hopes to support and inspire others who are considering, undertaking or commissioning their own replication journey.

Each of the Realising Ambition Programme Insights will share reflections, learning and practical implications on the themes of the programme including replication, evidence and early intervention.

This first issue explores the topic of replication, defined as delivering a service into new geographical areas or to new or different audiences. It examines the links between replication and innovation, the reasons for replicating in children’s services and the stages involved.

Realising Ambition’s Programme Insights are designed to support anyone undertaking or commissioning services with a focus on replication and evidence. Future topics include when and why it is important to measure outcomes, the in’s and out’s of replicating services and how to commission a replication programme.

About Realising Ambition and our Programme Insights series

Realising Ambition is a £25m Big Lottery Fund programme supporting 22 organisations across the UK to replicate services aimed at preventing youth offending. Our Insights are designed to support anyone undertaking or commissioning services with a focus on replication and evidence. The programme is managed by a consortium led by Catch22 in partnership with Dartington Social Research Unit, Substance and The Young Foundation.

Join the conversation

Do you agree with the need to take a broader, more nuanced view of evidence? Share your views. Tweet us using #RealisingAmbition or email us to share your thoughts. @BigLotteryFund would also like you to tweet your thoughts on the programme, diverting young people from pathways into offending and funding socially responsible services.

For further information please visit our Realising Ambition project page.

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Young people (image credit: Catch 22)


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