We all believe – and know from decades of anecdotal evidence – that the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award makes an impact on young people and their communities.
However, it is not enough just to believe that the Award makes an impact; we have to be able to prove that impact. In the last few years the research team at The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation (the Foundation) in London has been working on developing robust, evidence-based approaches to the Award’s research and evaluation and testing these approaches with Award operators across the world.
The Foundation is currently working with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to develop a social value methodology for the Award. Social value is the value of the changes that stakeholders (such as young people, adults involved in Award delivery, businesses and governments) experience due to the Award. Through our social value research we are uncovering how these changes occur, and through welfare economics, we can then represent these changes in monetary terms. This body of research helps us understand the contribution of the Award to society and economy.
The Award in Australia and Ghana have volunteered to be the first two countries to test the Award’s social value methodology and this phase of the project involves collecting data from Award participants, Award alumni and adults who are supporting the delivery of the Award about their experience of the Award. The data from these surveys will be used to quantify the social value of the Award.
We are inviting you to take part in this research. It is an online survey that will take 30 minutes to complete, and no follow up involvement will be required.
The link to the survey is: https://intaward.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eV6w5RSd6ATjdd3
The link will take you to this landing page, which will ask you to identify your role in the Award which will define the survey questions you will be asked.
Ultimately, this initiative will enable us to explain the social value that the Award creates in Australia, in terms of the return on each unit of currency spent on the delivery of the Award. For instance, we will be able to say ‘for each Australian dollar spent on the Award, the social value created is x Australian dollars’. This will help us all stand out from the other charities that are competing for limited funding opportunities and to open doors to new partnerships.
For more information, contact Kelly Wood, National Award Authority (Australia) at firstname.lastname@example.org or 02 8241 1500 (option 3).