The other day my colleague emailed to say that he was working with a church who were considering employing a youth worker but they had asked a question that had stumped him.
‘Will employing a youth worker make a difference?’
It stumped him because they were asking for hard proof. Not a series of anecdotes. Not some platitudes or fob offs. They really wanted to know.
So, that’s my question. Does employing a youth worker make a difference? How do you know? Who says?
I’ll post some thoughts soon but I’d like to hear your stories, evaluation methods and research.