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Current Research


An overview of research currently in progress at the Centre, including calls for evidence and opportunities for participation.



Commenced: Autumn 2019
Planned publication:
Spring/Summer 2023


We have received funding from the Halley Stewart Trust to undertake a three-year project exploring what the world is like for young people today, and how the Christian faith might be contextualised in their culture. This multi-phase project involves desk-research, focus groups and a large scale survey, and involves both young people and youth workers. To read more about the project please visit the web-page



Commenced: Autumn 2022
Planned publication:
Spring 2023


Launchpad is a six week course for clergy in the Church of England, aiming to inspire and equip leaders to start and sustain some form of youth ministry. The Centre for Research has been tasked with reviewing the operation and impact of a series of courses to date, in order to inform the scaling up of the programme. We are developing a theory of change, interviewing clergy who have completed the course and reviewing evaluation data. A range of things affect how far leaders are able to implement changes after training. By identifying these factors early on, we hope to understand what Launchpad can and can't achieve, and adapt the programme so that it is effective as it can be.

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