Proven Results

For more than 10 years, 4‑H has partnered with Tufts University to study the effectiveness of its youth development programs.

This first of its kind research study found that 4‑H’s unique hands-on approach gives kids the opportunity to learn by doing and build life skills.

4‑H Study of Positive Youth Development is a longitudinal study that began in 2002 and was repeated annually for eight years, surveying more than 7,000 adolescents from diverse backgrounds across 42 U.S. states.

Tufts Positive Youth Development Research Reports

Full Report

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Wave 9 Report

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Fact Sheet

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Positive Youth Development Student Questionnaire

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Teens Take on Health

Sponsored by National 4‑H Council and Molina Healthcare, Teens Take on Health is a first-of-its-kind, teen-led research effort that is focused on talking with young people instead of talking at them.

America’s youth see health as holistic—mind, body and soul; obesity is top of mind for American youth; teens are paying attention to health care access issues; they aren't getting enough sleep, need help with stress and are concerned about mental health needs in their communities.

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Healthy Living Research

4‑H Healthy Living initiatives are proven to influence youth to engage in positive healthy living behaviors. A study of the needs of 4‑H professionals and adult and teen leaders was completed in 2014 by Dr. Joseph Donaldson and Associates at the University of Tennessee. A variety of needs were found, including specific subject matter topics and updates, grab and go activities, and improved communication for sharing opportunities.

Healthy Living Report 2014

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National 4‑H Council, through the generous support of Walmart, funded 24 grantees in the 4‑H Healthy Living initiative, Youth Voice: Youth Choice. This report analyzes the programs using evaluation tools from Common Measures.

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Teens Take on Health Resources

Executive Summary: Teens Take On Health

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Teens Take On Health Comprehensive Report

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Study of Teens Take On Health Initiative

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Teens Take On Health Infographic

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Teens Take On Health Video Finalists

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Common Measures

Walmart Impact Assessment Summary Report

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United Healthcare Impact Assessment Summary Report

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The aggregated and interpreted Common Measures data for the Walmart Youth Voice: Youth Choice grant program in 4‑H Healthy Living. This is the first report generated from Common Measures data in a Council grant program. Report completed by Dr. Joseph Donaldson and colleagues of the University of Tennessee.

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The aggregated and interpreted Common Measures data for the UnitedHealthcare Eat 4 Health grant program in 4‑H Healthy Living. Report completed by Dr. Joseph Donaldson and colleagues of the University of Tennessee.

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The aggregated and interpreted Common Measures data for the combined Walmart Youth Voice: Youth Choice and United Healthcare Eat4Health grant programs in 4‑H Healthy Living. Report completed by Dr. Joseph Donaldson and colleagues of the University of Tennessee.

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Additional Research and Resources

Provides best practices and an assessment of needs in the 4‑H Healthy Living programming.

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Healthy Living Research Complete Literature Review

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Dr. Laura Downey and Dr. Donna Peterson from Mississippi State University conducted an environmental scan of 4‑H Healthy Living Programs in healthy eating, physical activity and alcohol-drug-tobacco intervention in 2013, identifying 78 programs. Of these, 20 were identified as having strong evidence for national replication.

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Professional and Volunteer Needs Assessment

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4‑H Science Research

During 2007 and 2008, 4‑H National Headquarters and National 4‑H Council began work with the nation’s Land-Grant Universities (LGU) to develop a plan of action for 4‑H Science programming and outline the LGUs’ goals, objectives and strategies for implementing 4‑H Science within their states. National 4‑H Council also contracted independent researchers to evaluate the outcomes of the 4‑H Science initiatives.

Conducted in the fall/winter of 2008, Evaluating the 4‑H Science Initiative was designed to evaluate six major areas of LGUs and their implementation 4‑H Science programming

In early 2009, 4‑H also evaluated and measured the youth experience in the areas of science, engineering, technology and applied math (STEM), resulting in the Youth, Engagement, Attitudes and Knowledge (YEAK) Report.

4‑H Programs Attract Youth to STEM

4‑H STEM programs are proven to get kids excited about science by offering fun, hands-on activities which builds confidence and fosters interest in STEM-related careers.

4‑H STEM Infographics

STEM 1 - The State of American Youth

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STEM 2 - The State of America's Workforce

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STEM 3 - 4‑H Hands-On Programs Attract Youth to STEM

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STEM 4 - Top Ways to Attract Youth to STEM

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National 4‑H Science Initiative

Evaluating the 4‑H Science Initiative

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4‑H Science Logic Model

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A Multi-Tiered Approach to Evaluating a Nonformal Youth Development Program

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YEAK Study

Year 3 Full Report

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Year 3 Brochure

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Year 2 Full Report

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Year 2 Brochure

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Year 1 Full Report

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Year 1 Brochure

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Implementation Study

Year 3 Implementation – Full Report

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Year 3 Implementation – Brochure

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Year 2 Implementation – Full Report

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Year 2 Implementation – Brochure

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Year 1 Implementation – Full Report

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Year 1 Implementation – Brochure

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Enrollment Report

Year 4 Enrollment Report

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Year 3 Enrollment Report

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Year 2 Enrollment Report

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Tier 2 Study: Priming the Pipeline

Lessons from Promising 4‑H Science Programs

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Brochure

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National 4‑H Science Initiative

Summary Observations from an Evaluation

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4‑H Science Initiative from Inception to Impact

4‑H Science Initiative from Inception to Impact, a comprehensive new report which reviews the multi-year impact of the 4‑H efforts, lessons learned and ideas for developing more promising programs in the future. The initiative has been a truly collaborative effort, led by 4‑H National Headquarters, land-grant faculty from the Cooperative Extension System and National 4‑H Council.

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Executive Summary

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