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In this podcast our panel of experts – Tania de St Croix (Kings College London), Sinead McMahon (Limerick Institute of Technology), Bianca Baldridge (University of Madison Wisconsin) and Louise Doherty (Kings College London) – discuss impact, evaluation and accountability in youth work, thinking critically about the application of impact in youth work. The group explores the implications of the rise of economistic and quantitative measures of the value of youth work in policy and research, and the effects on youth work practice and its ability to address the inequities young people face. 

Deirdre Duffy (Manchester Metropolitan University) also participated in the recording of this podcast. Sadly, technical issues resulted in the loss of her audio track. We would like to thank Deirdre for her time and contribution to the discussion.

In this Episode

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Ian McGimpsey, Dr

Lecturer in Education at University of Birmingham

Ian joined the University of Birmingham School of Education as a lecturer in 2013, immediately following the completion of his ESRC funded doctoral research at the Institute of Education, London. His undergraduate study was in youth and community...

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Tania de St Croix, Dr

Lecturer in the Sociology of Youth and Childhood at King's College London

Tania is currently researching the experiences of young people, practitioners and policy influencers in relation to youth impact and accountability mechanisms in youth work, with Louise Doherty. Her previous research investigated the perceptions...

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Sinead McMahon, Dr

Lecturer at LIT

Sinead is a lecturer in Limerick Institute of Technology where she teaches Social Policy. Having qualified as a Youth Worker she continues to be involved in a variety of youth work spaces and is currently a member of the Tipperary ETB Youth Work...

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Bianca J. Baldridge, Associate Professor

Associate Professor at University of Wisconsin Madison

Bianca J. Baldridge is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. As a sociologist of education, Bianca’s scholarship explores the socio-political context of community-based...

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Louise Doherty, Ms

Research Associate at Kings College London

Louise is a lecturer on a JNC validated youth and community work MA at Goldsmiths and has over twenty years experience in the youth and community work sector as a youth work practitioner, artist educator and project manager. Louise has been...