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Research round

Using secondary data analysis to learn about violence prevention

Entry deadline:
24th June 2022

Introduction

The Youth Endowment Fund (YEF) is a charity with a mission that matters. We’re here to prevent children and young people becoming involved in violence. We do this by finding out what works and building a movement to put this knowledge into practice.

We’re committed to delivering the highest quality evidence for young people. We want to learn about young people’s experiences of violence, the drivers and what works to prevent it. To support this, we’re launching a £500,000 research round.

We’re asking for proposals that exploit existing secondary data sources that address key questions for policy and practice. In this call we’re asking for research proposals that fit with the themes of our current funding rounds:

We expect to approve around 2-5 projects that deliver outputs within 12-18 months of being commissioned. We’re interested in proposals which use national datasets as well as those that may be held locally. We’d welcome bids from researchers and data owners who have existing research partnerships (such as police forces, VRUs, local authorities etc.) who want to get the most out of their data.

To find out more about the round, the types of research we’re looking for and how to apply, download our full call for proposals.

Why we’re focusing on this area

To date, the YEF has focused on funding programmes and conducting impact
evaluations, through our themed, place-based and target projects funding rounds. We’ve also conducted evidence synthesis, to inform our Toolkit and Evidence and Gap Map.

However, there are important wider questions about the drivers of violence and the effectiveness of policies and approaches that require alternative research methods. Some of these questions can be answered using existing datasets. That’s why we’re launching our call for secondary data analysis research proposals, to address some of these evidence gaps.

The questions we want to address

We’re asking for proposals that exploit existing secondary data sources that address key questions for policy and practice. In this call we’re asking for research proposals that fit with the themes of our current funding rounds:

In our call for proposals, we set out the scope of each theme and several potential research questions. The research questions are provided to give an indication of the sorts of projects we might fund. We welcome applications that propose research questions that go beyond these, as long as they address one of our themes and address a known evidence gap.

Throughout all themes, we are interested in hearing from proposals which explore the drivers and impacts of racial and other disproportionalities.

Timeline

Applications open on Monday 30th May and close at 5pm Friday 24th June 2022 for initial expressions of interest.

Successful applications will be asked to submit full proposals, and shortlisted proposals will then be invited to interview. Successful teams will be informed by early September.

Applications

To find out how to apply, read our call for proposals.

For any questions please email data@youthendowmentfund.org.uk

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