Youth Work, Performativity and the New Youth Impact Agenda: Getting Paid For Numbers?


This article provides a critical analysis of the role of numbers in youth policy, specifically within youth work, through the lens of performativity where a particular form of monitoring and evaluation culture is said to influence what youth workers do, how they feel and how they experience their work. From this perspective, the author questions the extent to which impact management practices are contributing towards a narrowing of what counts as "good" youth work.

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