Ipsos-MORI Social Research Institute have just published their first stage of evaluation of the 2013 National Citizen Service (NCS) programme. This work, commissioned by the Cabinet Office, looks at young people’s experiences of NCS, the short term impacts of the programme and value for money. Later stages of evaluation will focus on longer term impact and value for money.

Both the Summer and Autumn 2013 NCS programmes were found to have statistically significant positive impacts on the four outcome areas explored in the evaluation:

  • social mixing
  • transition to adulthood
  • teamwork, communication and leadership
  • community involvement

Cost benefit analysis also suggests NCS has delivered greater social benefits than the costs involved.

You can download the full report here.

Photo credit: The Secret Garden NCS Project by wheelzwheeler