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This is the online home for the Youth Programme Quality Intervention - or YPQI - in the UK. The YPQI was developed in the US, by the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality.

What we do

Extensive research has demonstrated its effectiveness in improving outcomes for young people, promoting a sustainable and supportive culture of organisational reflection and improvement, and refocusing evaluation on the quality of relationships within different settings. Click on the 'YPQI - Frequently Asked Questions' button below to find out more about the process.

Since late 2018, The Centre for Youth Impact has supported a diverse range of organisations to pilot this ground-breaking quality improvement process, with the support of funding from the National Lottery Community Fund. The pilot group covers England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland: see below for a map of participant organisations.

Informed by the experience of our pilot participants, we have also adapted the YPQI process, training and materials for the UK context, and trained a group of experienced practitioners as external assessors and coaches to support organisations going through the process. ‚ÄčIf you have any questions about the process, the pilot programme, or how to get involved, please get in touch -

Our goal is to build the foundations for a broad and sustainable adoption of the YPQI across the UK, to support improvements to the quality of youth practice over the long term. To support this process, we have commissioned detailed briefing papers on the policy practice context for each of the four UK nations. Click on the 'Policy and Practice Context' button above for links to download these papers.