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A report on the impact of Scouting

A new independent study will help us all prove the impact of Scouting.

In September 2010, we commissioned an independent research company – Public and Corporate Economic Consultants (PACEC) – to conduct an impact assessment of The Scout Association. This was to measure the impact and benefits of Scouting on its young people, its volunteers and its wider communities.

A broad selection of focus groups
The report draws on a substantial body of evidence following surveys and focus groups with over 2,500 people.

The evidence highlights how the nature and scale of Scouting brings significant personal and professional development opportunities to its 500,000-strong membership. It also demonstrates how our attributes and activities provide considerable benefit to employers and local communities.

Resources for local Scouting
We have created a series of digests to help managers use the data in local situations where you may need to provide evidence of Scouting’s impact.

The digests will offer evidence from the report which can be used to help you with:
• writing grant applications or bids
• talking to parents
• recruiting adult volunteers
• engaging with businesses, employers and community organisations
• talking to MPs or local councillors
• promoting Scouting in the media.

The research shows that the impact of Scouting goes far beyond the individual, offering social, environmental and economic benefits to its members and its communities across the UK.

The digests
Make an Impact on MPs and Councillors (PDF)
Make an Impact on Parents (PDF)
Make an Impact on Local Businesses and Organisations (PDF)
Make an Impact on your Fundraising (PDF)
Make an Impact on your Recruitment (PDF)
Make an Impact on Media(PDF)

The executive summary
A Study of the Impact of Scouting on the UK's Young People, Adults and Communities (PDF)

Order the full report
The executive summary and full report of the impact assessment is also available on request from the fundraising team.


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