Our Director of Research, Kirsty Humphrey, and Research Officer, Linda Hornyak, attended the Project Oracle Ceremony after entering the evaluation competition with the charity's evidence to date. We were delighted to win the Best Completed Evaluation and Best Submitted Evaluation Plan awards.

We have therefore received validation for our research at Project Oracle's standard 3 - an accolade only held by three other charities. A project that is validated at Standard 3 has demonstrated, through rigorous evaluation (with the use of controls), that it is having a demonstrable effect on one or more of its most important outcomes. The rigour of the evaluations demonstrates that the project could be run again with the same group and same conditions, and get the same results. Furthermore, a Standard 3 project has procedures in place to increase the likelihood of the project being implemented in the future in ways faithful to its design.

Project Oracle is London’s first children and youth evidence hub, funded by the Greater London Authority (GLA), the Mayor’s Office for Police and Crime (MOPAC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Project Oracle is improving the chances for children and young people in the capital by promoting quality evidence of what works, supporting services to improve the delivery of youth programmes and informing the funding process.