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Social Impact Report 2022

Wednesday 16 November 2022

Every year the Award conducts extensive research into the Social Value* (the changes and impacts created by those involved with the Award) generated by all the members of the Award community. Our community are the young people who take part, the adults who volunteer to support them and the wider community who benefit from the Award-related activities (e.g., Activity Providers and wider economy and society). The survey also demonstrates the impact of contribution of Award activity to Aotearoa, New Zealand.

This research demonstrates how the Award acts as a catalyst in the enhancement of psychological attributes including hope, self-efficacy, self-esteem, happiness, and psychological wellbeing in Award participants. Particularly resonant are the skills and traits gained by vulnerable rangatahi, who in the last few years have faced upheaval and challenges unlike any we have known.

In 2021/2022, our research shows we can account for a Social Return on Investment (SROI) of $6.95: $1. for the 2021/22 analysis year, a significant increase from 2020/21. The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award | Hillary Award also created $42 million in future social value for participants and society through those who gained an Award during 2021/22.

Research tells us that participants in the Award programme are leaving for their futures with a solid foundation and confidence in who they are, ready to embrace the challenges of the wider world and to contribute to it in a meaningful way.

It shows the increased autonomy and flexibility that our participants possess as a result of being continuously asked to do things differently and independently, contributing to the building of resilience and resourcefulness. Award participants continue to flourish and thrive. A commitment to this research continues to ensure that all young people, especially those from vulnerable groups, benefit from the better educational outcomes, employment prospects, community ties, expansive opportunities and chances for curiosity and adventure, and better mental health that are associated with doing the Award.

Case studies relate the engaging and inspiring stories about some of our community demonstrating the way the Award impacts those who are a part of it.

Please see our 2021/22 full report and previous reports.

Ka aroha hoki, ngā mihi aroha ki a koutou,

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award.

*Social Value: the changes and impacts created by those involved with the Award.

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For further information and comment, please contact:

Karen Ross, National Director
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award
Email: [email protected]
Tel: +64 27 645 6696

Supplementary information

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a global, non-formal education framework which challenges young people to develop new skills, get physically active, learn about teamwork and leadership through adventurous journey and voluntary service within their community.

There are currently more than a million young people completing their own unique Award programme, via hundreds of thousands of youth-focused partners and operators, including schools, youth organisations, examination boards and youth offender institutions.

Within Aotearoa there are 11,000 rangatahi currently active within the Award community. The Award is delivered by schools, colleges, universities, social clubs, uniformed and non-uniformed youth organisations, young offenders’ institutions, religious organisations, sports clubs, and a whole host of other civic organisations.

We have 340 Award Units nationwide. Since its launch over 60 years ago, millions of young people have participated and received Awards, with millions more benefitting from its impact in communities around the world.

In New Zealand Award participants are able to choose local Pathways for the Award:

Kākāriki (green) in sustainability and conservation.

He Aratūtahi in tikanga and te ao.