University of California 4-H Youth Development Program
University of California 4-H Youth Development Program
University of California 4-H Youth Development Program
University of California
University of California 4-H Youth Development Program

4-H Research

To support the research and evaluation mission, the 4-H program extends knowledge by providing education on research-based knowledge of children, youth, families, and communities, and by publishing monographs, reports, fact sheets, and abstracts of research. The 4-H program also provides training on applied research and program evaluation. The target audience for education and training efforts conducted by the 4-H program is UC Cooperative Extension Youth Development Advisors.

Fact Sheets

In December 2016, volunteers completed a survey about perceptions of success and acceptance in the 4-H program. Below are 2 fact sheets that summarize some of the responses from the survey. 

Characteristics of Successful Youth

Volunteer Definition of Success Fact Sheet


Since 2014, 4-H academics across the country have been researching what keeps youth in the program and what factors lead to youth leaving 4-H. For the past 3 years, first-year 4-H youth and their parents or guardians have completed surveys telling us about their experience in the program. Below are some documents that summarize the results from the surveys. Stay tuned for more information from this multistate project!

Youth Responses Summary

Adult Perceptions of the 1st year in 4-H

Other Research

Monographs: This series includes in depth literature reviews of current issues in youth development (1996-2012).

Research You May Have Missed (RYMHM) provides a summary of recent research on topics of interest to youth development professionals (2007-2010).
Research You May Have Missed

Subramaniam, A., Heck, K., Carlos, R. & Junge, S. (Eds.). (2011). Advances in youth development: Research and evaluation from the University of California Cooperative Extension (2001 - 2010). University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources.

This is an edited compilation of articles featuring the outcomes of research and program evaluation in the past decade in California 4-H. The topics represented in this volume include health and healthy living, citizenship, leadership, life skills, and science education, and volunteer and staff development pertaining to these areas.
Advances in Youth Development

Other Reports (2003-2009).

Tufts Study (2008-2013): These files share findings from the 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development.
Tufts Study files

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