Our impact

Young people make positive changes to their lives and communities by participating in the Award. Through our research, we are beginning to uncover the true impact of the Award.

We have exciting and innovative research initiatives underway to reveal exactly how the Award has a positive impact on both participants and the adults who support them. Our research agenda takes us from monitoring how young people develop confidence, creativity and leadership skills through their Award journey, to measuring the Social Return on Investment of the Award across different countries over the course of a year. These findings will allow participants, volunteers and supporters, amongst others, to see first-hand how the Award can impact themselves and their communities. Ultimately, this research is helping us to tell the story of the Award at an individual, societal and global level.

For more information about our impact or our research, please contact the research team at research@intaward.org

Our Impact Measures.

The Award has developed a number of impact measures by examining existing research and evidence on its effectiveness as a youth development programme. Much of this evidence is based on young people’s own reports of how doing their Award has transformed their outlook. It also takes into account the views of employers, educational institutions, parents and youth leaders.

The impact measures have been benchmarked against international frameworks such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and against the development objectives of regional and international organisations such as the Commonwealth Youth Programme.



The Award’s seven impact measures are:


1. Improved employability and earning potential

Increase in employability and earning potential due to improved life skills.



2. Improved physical health and fitness

Improved physical health due to increased long-term participation in physical activities.



3. Improved mental health and emotional wellbeing

Improved mental health and emotional wellbeing due to increased social interaction, self-confidence, enhanced life skills and sense of purpose.



4. Increased engagement with charitable and community causes

Increased engagement with charitable and community causes directly, through the Voluntary Service section of the Award, and indirectly, through increased likelihood of long-term participation in volunteering and other forms of community and local participation.



5. Improved environmental impact

Increase in positive, or reduction in negative, environmental impacts as a result of behaviour change resulting from being more aware of environmental issues and having increased connection with and compassion for nature.



6. Increased social cohesion

Increased social inclusion and community cohesion, not specifically captured by the other impacts in the framework. This encompasses the resources and relationships provided by people and society, including skills, knowledge, wellbeing, relationships, shared values and institutions.



7. Reduced offending

Reduction in first-term offending and reduction in reoffending by young offenders, due to long-term increased levels of physical activity, improved life skills, increased social inclusion and improved social skills resulting from increased levels of social interaction.



To realise equality and combat discrimination, the Award looks closely at how the outcomes and impacts may be experienced by different demographics. In other words, we look at these impacts through ‘contextual lenses’: