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Our Bright Future Programme mid-term evaluation report published

Our Bright Future Programme mid-term evaluation report published

CEP, with partners ERS, are undertaking the evaluation+ of the Our Bright Future Programme, which aims to empower young people to lead progressive change in their communities and local environment, through a portfolio of 31 projects across the UK, each with a duration of three to five years++.

As part of this evaluation the mid-term report has now been published.  The report presents and evaluates evidence on what has been achieved since the beginning of the programme while promoting learning and supporting the ongoing delivery of the programme.  The report is structured around four programme themes: outcomes for young people; outcomes for the environment and communities; outcomes for policy and practice; and, outcomes of the youth led and partnership approach.

Selected key findings include:

  • The programme has directly engaged 85,788 young people, which already far exceeds the programme’s overall target of 60,000 young people participating in Our Bright Future activities

  • Young people have gained a range of knowledge and new skills both specific to environmental topics, and more general soft and transferable skills

  • Projects have improved participants’ self-confidence, wellbeing and mental health

  • The Our Bright Future programme is supporting a wide range of terrestrial and marine habitats, through a variety of conservation tasks

  • A survey of 450 young people involved in the programme found that projects have increased participants’ awareness of environmental issues and improved their attitudes towards spending time in the natural environment

Owen White is CEP’s lead for this project, please contact him for more information.


+The evaluation aims to:

  • Test whether the Our Bright Future Programme has achieved its long term ambitions

  • Provide better evidence on how young people can improve their local environment

  • Test and evidence whether a partnership way of working that invests in human, social and natural capital, is an effective means by which to deliver greater impact

  • Identify good practice and ongoing improvements

++The Programme is supported by £33 million of funding from the Big Lottery Fund, and is managed by a consortium of eight organisations led by The Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts.

CEP attends 'Our Bright Future' workshop on monitoring and evaluation

CEP attends monitoring and evaluation regional workshop in Liverpool for the Big Lottery Funded project Our Bright Future

Dr Clare Twigger-Ross is attending the Our Bright Future Share Learn and Improve Regional Workshop in Liverpool on Thursday 2 November.  The aim of the workshop is to identify solutions and approaches to monitoring and evaluation challenges and will be attended by some of the OBF projects.  Clare will be representing the CEP programme evaluation team.  The team is led by ERS with CEP and is carrying out the evaluation of the programme between 2016 - 2021. ERS ltd in partnership with Collingwood Environmental Planning have been commissioned to undertake the Programme Evaluation. The Programme Evaluation seeks to identify, analyse and assess:

  • the collective impact of the portfolio of 31 projects;

  • The added value of the Programme i.e. what value has been derived from a programme with the Share Learn Improve, Policy and Youth Function and from the development of an Our Bright Future network/movement;

  • Whether the Programme has achieved its long-term ambitions; and

  • Best practice and lessons learnt, and provide evidence and guidance to support Programme learning and development.