NCS bottles

Pioneering a way to trace the impact of the National Citizen Service on young people.

The National Citizen Service (NCS) is a government-funded programme which helps 15- to 17-year-olds develop their confidence and skills. 

Our approach

Jump, working with collaborators Simetrica, pioneered an in-depth analysis of the National Citizen Service’s impact on the wellbeing of young people and their progression into higher education. To do this, we tracked the progress of NCS graduates into higher education by linking to the UCAS STROBE data service. This was the first time anybody in the UK had linked and analysed these kinds of data.

The result

Our report provided a better understanding of the value for money of the NCS programme. We found:

  • The entry rates for NCS graduates into higher education are, on average, 12% higher than for non-NCS graduates.
  • An even more positive finding for higher education is that the value of NCS participation is significantly higher for those living in areas of low and medium entry into higher education.
  • Overall, NCS was able to report a significant increase in value for money with a significantly improved cost benefit ratio.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport have continued to use the same strategy for both the 2017 and 2018 impact reports. We’re also continuing to work with NCS on creating new, innovative ways to evolve impact and value for money analysis of the programme. 

– Download the report on our Resources page.


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