The Upstart team has been involved in a wide variety of consultation and research projects. Usually these are about listening to young people to help design and deliver new programmes, or evaluating projects with responses from young participants.

Our work has explored skills needs for businesses, responses to music education, perceptions on artificial intelligence and the ongoing development of the Arts Award programme.

We can design online surveys and run 1:1 interviews or focus groups. Our experience in mix-method research ensures an inclusive practice that gets the best data and insights from young people. We can also consult stakeholders, including leaders, staff and other community members.

Whether it’s one-off desk research or a project interviewing stakeholders and young people on camera we can manage it, source young people and deliver the outcome that suits your organisation. See some examples of past work below.

We also love running events! These are great ways to showcase work, bring a community together or simply get feedback from young people in a creative way.

Consultation event with interactive sessions for the Mozilla Foundation at the Royal Society of Arts, 2018
Image by Erik Westra.

Past projects and commissioners

2022 Arts Council England Bridge Organisations Produced a national website celebrating good practice in youth voice for the cultural education sector. We interviewed 18 organisations over six episodes across England. In 2021 we created the digital platform and first series of this work including audio interviews. Find all the episodes at: amplify-voice.uk

2022 Trinity College London We conducted 1:1 interviews and an online survey into the skills needs of young people new to the world of work.

2022+ Leicester & Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership Careers Hub Established the Youth Advisory Board running monthly sessions with 10+ members across the county.

2020+ Nottingham Youth Cultural Partnership Facilitated a youth forum with members from the city’s arts and youth organisations. Meeting monthly, undertaking research projects and producing events for other young people.

2020 Royal Opera House Bridge We researched good practice in youth voice for Royal Opera House Bridge

2020 Trinity College London We undertook international research with educators to identify the skills needed for the future workforce.

2019 Trinity College London We surveyed nearly 4,000 students in a wide range of schools (rural, urban, state and private) about their experience of music education and self-taught music learning.

2018 Creative & Cultural Skills Council We led the research for 18-25 year olds into ‘Careers information advice and guidance for the creative industries’ which was commissioned by CCSkills as part of their report for Arts Council England in response to the government’s Careers Strategy. Our research involved a roundtable consultation discussion, peer interviews, phone interviews and an online survey.

If you’d like to work with us to run a consultation, evaluation or research project then just get in touch on [email protected] or 03300 881008

Amplify - Profiling children and young people's voice in creative and cultural learning