Description of impactIn 2016 the Ministry of Defence (MOD) commissioned the Institute for Social Innovation and Impact to evaluate the social impact of the money they spend annually on the Cadet Forces (Community cadets - 84k and within the Combined Cadet Force (CCF)– school based units – 43k ), as part of a four-year longitudinal study. The MOD aim is that the Cadet Forces will contribute to the UK’s wider skills and citizenship development and support British society. The Cadets research produced two annual reports, which have been shared with the Ministry of Defence, Department of Education, Cadet Community Units and school based Combined Cadet Force (CCF) units. The annual reports provided evidence that the costs of the programmes could be balanced against the cost of exclusion and the stress caused by behavioural issues within the classroom, and have been used by head teachers to justify their spending on Cadets within schools.
Stakeholders/BeneficiariesYoung people, especially those with poor school attendance, SEND (ASD), parents of cadets and school staff and local communities.
How have research outputs led to this impact?Through the analysis of interviews with over 250 cadets, parents, school staff and volunteers, data collected over 3,050 surveys from cadets, volunteers and school staff, and data from schools on attendance, behaviour, SEND, IMD, disadvantage and risk of exclusion, the research demonstrated the powerful impact that the Cadet Forces have on educational inclusion, resilience and wellbeing, by offering an environment within which socially excluded young people can personally and socially develop. The research found that being a cadet can have a positive impact on attendance and behaviour, and has a benefit for young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND) and teachers who become adult volunteers (CFAVs). Furthermore, cadets with SEND and their parents reported improvements to self-confidence, inclusion and resilience.
|Impact date||1 Jan 2014 → 1 Apr 2019|
|Category of impact||Social impacts, 03: Good Health and Well-Being (UN SDG), 04: Quality Education (UN SDG), 10: Reduced Inequalities (UN SDG)|
|Impact level||Early stage Impact|
Documents & Links
Activity: Academic Talks or Presentations › Invited talk › Research
Research output: Book/Report › Commissioned Report
Providing evidence of the social impact of Cadet Forces in schools, leading to the continuation of the Cadet Expansion Programme
Impact: Public policy impacts, Social impacts, 03: Good Health and Well-Being (UN SDG), 04: Quality Education (UN SDG), 10: Reduced Inequalities (UN SDG)