Research & Insights

4‑H is dedicated to understanding how its programs help youth become responsible citizens leading healthy and productive lives.

Research on 4‑H Programs and More

Grounded in a research-backed approach to positive youth development, 4‑H aims to evaluate the impact of 4‑H programs and better understand how young people experience the world.


In recent years, 4‑H has conducted multiple research studies, including a longitudinal study to assess the effectiveness of its youth development programs and surveys on issues teens faces, such as digital access and mental health. Explore this page to learn more about these topics and more, and download full research reports.

National 4-H Council President & CEO Jennifer Sirangelo and 4-H’ers from Cornell Cooperative Extension present the 4-H Distinguished Alumni Medallion to New York Governor Kathy Hochul

4-H Impact

4‑H’s unique hands-on approach gives kids the opportunity to learn by doing and build life skills.

Greenbay, WI 4-H Tech Changemakers held a STEM fair for middle schoolers where teens introduced them to different technologies.

Teen Perspectives

Highlighting national youth perspectives on leading teen issues and how it's shaping them.

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We believe in sharing research and insights that help shape our thinking and inspire action.

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