Project Oracle empowers the youth sector to achieve the best possible outcomes for children and young people. We do this by supporting youth organisations and funders to produce, use and share high-quality evidence, so that together we can make better decisions to improve how interventions are funded and delivered.
For youth organisations, evidence offers information about what they are doing well and what could be improved, allowing them to develop and refine their projects. For funders and commissioners, it helps them to assess their investments, and identify and direct money towards the most promising interventions. Academics and evaluation experts play a part in this by helping to ensure that evidence is of a high quality. All of this comes together to form an Evidence Hub: a dynamic community where each part contributes to – and gains from – the whole.
Project Oracle is a registered charity, funded by the Greater London Authority (GLA), the Mayor’s Office for Police and Crime (MOPAC), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF). It was originally set up and managed by London Metropolitan University and The Social Innovation Partnership, with founding Co-Directors Professor Georgie Parry-Crooke and Stephen Bediako.