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Impact and research findings

At Go Higher West Yorkshire we take pride in the wide range of activities and projects we deliver in schools, colleges and communities across West Yorkshire, engaging thousands of young people, and supporting them on their journey into higher education.

The knowledge and insights we gain from working with young people are fed right back into our programme, ensuring that learners’ needs are met, and that our activities are always informed by research.

Explore a selection of our latest research findings and case studies showing the impact our work has had on young people’s lives, and the difference it has made to their personal and educational development.




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Care to Go Higher Evaluation Report

In this report, Go Higher West Yorkshire shares impact and insights from the evaluation of its innovative Care to Go Higher programme. The training programme is designed to equip key influencers to support care-experienced young people to make informed choices about their educational progression.

It finds that the programme has a strong impact on participants’ knowledge, understanding and perception of higher education, particularly in relation to the care-experience. It also shows that participants engage more strongly with the influence they can have over young people, and their ability to advocate for young people’s potential, as a result of participating in the programme.

It advocates for a collaborative approach to widening participation that engages meaningfully with whole communities and their specific lived experiences. Likewise, local authorities are encouraged to work with partnerships of higher education providers to ensure their corporate parenting workforce has high expectations for young people’s futures, exposure to a broad range of HE provision, and is well-equipped to support their informed choices.

Download report.