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Measuring the impossible? Making a start: exploring the impact of youth volunteering through existing longitudinal research data


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May 2011


  An Executive Summary of the key findings and recommendations arising from a study into the long term impacts of youth volunteering.  In the context of the coalition Government's 'Big Society' vision for civic and community involvement in society, v and its partners seek to enhance the knowledge base for volunteering and facilitate greater discussion amongst policy-makers, researchers and practitioners.
  This is a summary of the key research findings and recommendations arising from NFER’s study about the long-term impacts of youth volunteering. It is based on a preliminary exploration of data from two existing longitudinal datasets – the Citizenship Education Longitudinal Study (CELS) (11 to 18 year olds) and the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS) (16 to 25 year olds) - now renamed Understanding Society.
The study was commissioned by v, The National Young Volunteers’ Service, to enhance the knowledge base for volunteering, and to facilitate greater discussion among policy-makers, researchers and practitioners about how to take this forward. Its findings and recommendations, presented below, are relevant in the context of the coalition Government’s ‘Big Society’ vision for greater civic and community involvement in society.


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