4-H Impact

Positive Youth Development Research

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.

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Full Report

Wave 9 Report

Fact Sheet

Alumni Research: 4‑H Experience Leads to Success in Life

A national online survey of more than 6,000 former 4‑H members suggests alumni benefit significantly from their 4‑H experience over the course of their lives — socially, physically, emotionally and economically. The study was fielded May 15 – July 22, 2019 by Edge Research and funded by National 4‑H Council.


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Survey Infographic

Presentation of Survey Findings

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