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 societyWe 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.


We are Sculpt

IARS International Institute to operate as Sculpt

*Charity CEO available for interview – details in notes 

A UK-based youth charity today changes its operating name from the IARS International Institute to Sculpt. 

IARS is an international NGO that’s been working to empower young people to forge a fairer society for over 20 years. Their work is guided and evaluated by young people themselves.  

Over the last 20 years, IARS has delivered more than 70 successful projects that have addressed real problems that young people face, in areas such as: 

  • Gender discrimination 
  • Violence against women and girls 
  • Supporting young people to find work 
  • Creating green and sustainable business 
  • Promoting collaboration among young people across the world and much more. 

In 2021, with the world changing rapidly and opportunities for their work shifting, they decided to refresh their purpose and identity, and made the decision to rebrand as Sculpt. 

Claire Bonham, Chief Executive of Sculpt, said: 

‘We are delighted to launch our new brand that speaks to our aim to empower young people to shape their future.

‘We believe that many of today’s young people are facing unjust challenges – economically, environmentally and socially. A fair, sustainable society can only evolve if all young people have the opportunities, the confidence, the ambition and the skills to make their voices heard and propel change in their communities, irrespective of who they are or where they come from.  

‘Our rebrand, like our work, has been guided by research and by young people themselves. As an organisation we base our work on rigorously researched evidence and are led in our approach by our youth advisory board. Their voices and insight are critical to solving the right problems in meaningful ways.’  


Notes to editors:  

Dr. Claire Bonham, Chief Executive of The IARS International Institute is available for interview. Contact Claire directly on: director@iars.org.uk +44(0) 7833 224442  



Sculpt is a UK-based charity providing research, training and work-experience opportunities that empower young people to shape their own futures and those of their communities. 

We work directly with young people, employers and professionals who support young people. All our work is guided by young people themselves and based on carefully researched evidence. We: 

  • Facilitate forums for young people to make their needs and their voices heard. 
  • Publish a magazine by young people to express their perspectives and encourage debate around public policy issues. 
  • Conduct research to uncover young people’s real needs and what works to empower and support them. 
  • Deliver training to build young people’s confidence, skills, ambition, resilience and sense of responsibility, so they can shape their futures and change their communities for the better, as leaders, social entrepreneurs and active participants in civic life. 
  • Deliver training for professionals who work with young people, drawing on our research and expertise. 
  • Engage with employers to facilitate work experience and employment opportunities for young people to develop skills and access diverse jobs. 
  • Facilitate international exchange opportunities to encourage and enable young people to experience and appreciate other cultures, perspectives and ways of life. 

We tackle disempowerment from three angles: working directly with young people to build confidence and skills and their voice, working with professionals who support young people, and working with employers to break down barriers to opportunity.