Langfristig (> 5 Jahre)
Mikro (Individuum)

health-related economic benefits of youth work


If the volunteering, justice, health and welfare-related benefits, in addition to the multiplier impacts of youth work organisation expenditures, are evaluated over a 10-year time horizon, the overall economic benefits of these programmes and activities are estimated to be €2.2 billion in present value terms. If one assumes on a hypothesised basis that 2011 funding streams were maintained, the cost to the State of sustaining youth sector funding over the same period would be of the order of just under €1 billion in present value terms. Relating the present value of the estimated benefits of youth programmes with the present value of Exchequer funding over a 10-year period indicates an overall net economic return arising from these quantified aspects of youth work of €1.21 billion, or a Benefit-Cost Ratio (BCR) of 2.22:1. This is equivalent to indicating that the benefits of youth work programmes exceed the costs by a factor of 2.22 over this period.

Beschreibung der Aktivität

youth work interventions organised by the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI)
NYCI functions to represent the interests of young people and voluntary youth organisations.
383,000 young people benefiting from a wide range of programmes and services
largest group of participants are between the ages of 10 and 15, representing 35% of the overall number of young people involved. The 16 to 20 year old group represents another 29.1% of youth beneficiaries, while 21.4% of beneficiaries are less than 10 years of age
Gemeinschaft/ Gemeinden/ Kommunen

Evaluierung der Aktivität

This study, for the first time, evaluates in quantified terms via a cost benefit analysis the following direct and indirect benefits of youth work: Direct benefits, measured through: The economic value of volunteering and paid employment; The multiplier impacts of youth organisation expenditures; Indirect benefits, measured in terms of the estimated longer run costs avoided by the State through the provision of youth programmes and supports, under the following areas: Justice-related benefits; Health-related benefits; Welfare-related benefits; and Education-related benefits. This is assessed over a 10-year time horizon using an economic Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) framework. CBA is a best practice appraisal technique which enables costs and benefits that occur across different points in time to be aggregated and compared in present value terms (using appropriate discounting), with the objective of ascertaining whether a programme or project yields a net return (i.e. whether the benefits exceed the costs).
(1) health-related benefits (2) benefit-cost-ratio (BCR)
(1) € 89,455,764 (2) 2.22:1 (This is equivalent to indicating that the benefits of youth work programmes exceed the costs by a factor of 2.22 over this period)
10-year time horizon