Key Publications

This page summarises The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation (IAF) key publications. The publications and resources all link directly to the PDF document that is available for you to download.

These key publications will evolve over time as new documents emerge, or are updated and developed

The publications and guidance are listed in alphabetical order.

This page was last updated on: 17 May 2024.

Annual Reporting

An Annual Report is produced by The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation for each financial year.

Annual Report and Financial Statements 2023

Annual Report and Financial Statements 2021/22

Annual Report and Financial Statements 2020/21

Annual Report 2019/2020 and Financial Statements 2019/2020

Annual Report and Financial Statements 2018/19

Annual Report and Financial Statements 2017/18

Annual Report and Financial Statements 2016/17

Annual Report Summary 2022

The Summary of the Annual Report 2022 includes the Chairman’s Report, key achievements and significant events and the Financial Summary.


Our Annual Review illustrates how the Award has progressed around the world during a calendar year.

Annual Review 2018/2019 – concise digital version

Annual Review and Financial Statements 2018/2019 – full version

Annual Review 2017/2018


Case for Support 2024

The Future Is Our Youth’ Case for Support publication highlights the invaluable impact that a holistic education has on the development of young people and how The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award makes a difference to the lives of young people globally, emphasising the Foundation’s role in nurturing universal skills to become the changemakers of tomorrow who are truly #WorldReady.

Delivering the Award

Adults Delivering the Award policy is in development. The link references the Growing the Award Volunteer Network which details the policy, procedures and requirements relating to supporting and managing adults delivering the Award.


Global Consent Form: We require anyone who shares their photographs and video footage with us to gain the relevant consent for international use from any people featured. Please ensure that those included in any photographs or film footage sign and return this downloadable form, which guarantees their consent for international use of this content for ten years.


Global Consent Overview: A one page summary of why we look to gather your Award stories, photos and video.


The Glossary of Terms is a reference tool which can be used by anyone who is involved with the Award. This includes Award Operators, participants, partners, supporters, International Award Foundation staff and Trustees. It provides the agreed definitions by the Foundation and its Operators.


The Guiding Principles are designed to ensure that a young person has a meaningful and purposeful journey through their Award, as well as ensuring that the impact of achieving their Award provides a lasting personal legacy.

The Award’s guiding principles are:  individual, non-competitive, achievable, voluntary, development, balanced, progressive, inspiration, persistence and enjoyable.

Please see International Handbook for Award Leaders page 14 for further information.


Life and Legacy: HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

In honour of the life and legacy of our Founder, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh KG KT, we are inviting you to become a champion of young people’s infinite potential and help us sustain His Royal Highness’s vision and ambition for young people, wherever and whoever they may be.

Media Pack

Media Pack: toolkit for journalists including key facts about the Award, the long-term benefits and impact on both participants and the wider community, that come from doing the Award, case studies of participants and much more.


Research and Award Statistics

This publication is updated annually with the latest figures and statistics about the Award around the world. You can find information including long-term positive habits shaped by doing the Award, the Award’s Net Promotor Score and information on volunteering and the Award. If you are a national office, running the Award in your country and wish to adapt the global statistics to reflect your national market, then please contact your Operations Manager ([email protected]).


Research Review: The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation (The Foundation) has produced this paper to summarise the predominantly qualitative international research which has studied the impact of the Award. This research took place between 1997 and 2019. It was conducted by a range of organisations including academic institutions, professional bodies and consultancies.

Staff and Award Operators can use this summary to communicate with their different
stakeholder groups about the impact of the Award. This is only a summary document, and a fuller summary of each individual piece of research, as well as the full copy of each study is available on request from the Foundation ([email protected]).


Knowledge Brief: As part of a new partnership with the World Bank, and as incoming members of the World Bank’s S4YE Coalition Impact Portfolio, and S4YE Comms working group, our research department teamed up with S4YE on a Knowledge Brief: ‘Measuring Social Value: a new approach to measuring impact of youth employment programmes’.

The Knowledge Brief highlights our method and shares useful insights for other youth organisations interested in measuring and enhancing their social value.


Social Value Report: Changing Lives in a Changing World is our social value model and evaluation publication, created in conjunction with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). It measures the social value of the Award as a non-formal education and learning framework.

Social value is the value of the difference we make. It is the value of the changes that stakeholders – such as young people, adults involved in the Award delivery, businesses and governments – experience due to the Award.

Through our social value model we are uncovering how these changes occur. Through welfare economics we can represent these changes in monetary terms. Social value evaluation helps us understand the contribution of the Award to society and economy.

The methodology of our social value evaluation uses quantitative research and data to value the following broad, long-term effects of the Award on individuals and their communities.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award and Scouting

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award (the Award) and The World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) have worked together for many years. The Award is the largest global framework for recognising young people’s achievements in non-formal education and adds another form of global recognition for young people undertaking their Scout Awards.

Find out more about how we work with Scouts here.

#WORLDREADY Discussion Paper

#WORLDREADY Discussion Paper: There are 1.8 billion young people aged 10-24 in the world today; the largest youth generation in history. Though fast-paced developments in technology mean the world has never been smaller or more accessible, it has also become increasingly unstable, uncertain and often insecure.

As today’s young people set out to find their place in this world, and are bombarded by information, expectations and uncertainty, we believe they are growing up with a mosaic of complexities and challenges unseen by previous generations.

In this rapidly-changing environment, how do young people prepare themselves for their future? For their world? This paper explores some ideas.