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Evaluation of National Citizen Service (NCS)

Tuesday 3 September 2013

OPM has recently completed an evaluation of National Citizen Service (NCS), one of the Coalition Government’s flagship initiatives for building a bigger, stronger society. NCS aims to provide young people with teamwork and leadership skills, experience of their local community, an opportunity to mix with other young people outside their friendship groups and to support their overall transition to adulthood. The vision is to help promote a more cohesive, responsible and engaged society. OPM contributed to the process strand of the evaluation as part of a wider consortium led by Natcen Social Research and including New Philanthropy Capital and Frontier Economics.

The evaluation revealed that both the summer and autumn strands of NCS appear to have had a positive impact upon young people, particularly in terms of their communication, teamwork and leadership skills and upon their willingness to help out in the local community.