B4208 - Increasing the Youth Evidence Base - 20/12/2022

B number: 
Principal applicant name: 
Sergei Plekhanov | SQW
Jo Hutchinson, Will Millard, Dr Cara Booker, Dr Justus Laugwitz, Paulina Szymczak, Izabela Zawartka
Title of project: 
Increasing the Youth Evidence Base
Proposal summary: 

Although there are several UK studies that consider the impacts of attending youth clubs on later life (e.g. Dibben, Playford and Mitchell 2017 and Berrie et al 2022), little longitudinal research has taken place in the UK, leaving a shortfall of robust evidence. Using data from four longitudinal cohort studies (ALSPAC, the British Cohort Study, Next Steps Generational Study, the Millennium Cohort Study) and Understanding Society (the UK household longitudinal study), this project will analyse the extent to which attendance of voluntary out-of-school youth provision has effects over time on: a) educational and career pathways; b) physical health; c) mental health; d) emotional development and mental wellbeing; e) tendency towards anti-social behaviour. The analysis will control for relevant characteristics, allowing for isolation of the impact that involvement in youth activities generates for young people. It will examine the effects on these young people at the time of their involvement, and afterwards, up until they are 30 years old. Additionally, the analysis will shed light on the existence of any systematic differences between participants and non-participants of youth activities.

Impact of research: 
This project will contribute to the evidence base on participation in youth activities, which is currently limited. In doing so, it will help to tackle key knowledge gaps in the youth sector and inform policy around youth provision. The findings are likely to directly feed into strategy planning at DCMS and influence budget decisions by the Treasury.
Date proposal received: 
Thursday, 8 December, 2022
Date proposal approved: 
Tuesday, 20 December, 2022
Social Science, Statistical methods, Childhood - childcare, childhood adversity