In 2012, The Anne Frank Trust in partnership with Independent Academic Research Studies (IARS) received a grant from the Big Lottery to carry out a 5 year project under the Realising Ambition programme. Realising Ambition is a UK-wide programme investing £25million in outstanding projects that have a strong track record or have already been proven to work in helping young people fulfil their potential and avoid the pathways into offending.
In this framework, IARS role in the partnership is to design and carry out a strong, independent, evidence based evaluation on Anne Frank Trust schools and Ambassadors programme, as well as to provide on – going advice and support to Anne Frank Trust throughout the duration of the programme. Building upon a strong partnership IARS is aiming to support Anne Frank Trust to understand and learn from its own practices but also allow for the development of strategies for further improvement.
The Anne Frank Trust Schools and Ambassadors Programme
The Anne Frank Schools and Ambassadors Programme is a schools-based peer-education and volunteering programme which is being delivered in five UK regions, reaching 12 towns/cities across five years.
Aiming to challenge prejudice and prevent a move towards hate-related offending Anne Frank Trust deliver in schools up and down the country an exhibition, entitled Anne Frank: A History for Today and train children as peer-educator exhibition guides, developing important social and communication skills.
Additionally various workshops on themes of identity, diversity and human rights, including a talk from a Holocaust survivor are also delivered in schools and six Anne Frank Ambassadors from peer-educators will be recruited.
Over the period of five years the programme aims to
- increase knowledge of Anne Frank and the Holocaust,
- Understand the consequences of unchecked prejudice and discrimination.
- Explore, understand, respect and celebrate cultural diversity.
- Learn more about themselves and their local community.
- Increase their confidence, as they develop their literacy and presentation skills.
- Develop respect for others.
Methodology of Evaluation
Building in the Theory of Change, IARS is using a range of qualitative evaluation tools such as observations, focus groups and in-depth interviews which are designed to provide qualitative information, particularly any gains in knowledge and skills, and any shift in attitude.
Assessing AFT interventions, we conduct fieldwork in various locations and environments.
The analysis focuses on the attitudinal situation with regard to prejudice, discrimination and persecution amongst young people in particular areas across the UK and is focused on school pupils who have been trained as Peer Guides and Ambassadors. It is carried out against the following AFSAP outcomes:
- To reduce prejudice and discrimination.
- To increase young people’s respect for others.
- To increase socially active behaviour among young people.
You can read IARS’ 2014 evaluation report of the Anne Frank Trust Schools and Ambassadors Programme here
How it fulfils our mission
IARS is a leading, international think-tank with a charitable mission to give everyone a chance to forge a safer, fairer and more inclusive society. We achieve our charitable aims by producing evidence-based solutions to current social problems, sharing best practice and by supporting young people and the community to shape decision making. We are known for our robust, independent, evidence-based approach to solving current social problems, and we are considered a pioneer in user-involvement and the application of user-led research methods. Employing our robust, independent, evidence – based methodology we are aiming to help Anne Frank Trust to understand and learn from its own practices but also allow for the development of strategies for further improvement.