ERIC Number: ED265388
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
National Retired Senior Volunteer Program Participant Impact Evaluation. Final Report.
Booz Allen and Hamilton, Inc., Washington, DC.
A study examined the long-term effects of participation in the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) on participants from 20 RSVP projects nationwide. Three rounds of interviews were conducted. In Round 1, 750 volunteers were interviewed: 595 veteran volunteers and 155 new volunteers. In Round 2, 792 volunteers were intereviewed: 175 new volunteers and 617 volunteers from the earlier round. In Round 3, 677 volunteers were reinterviewed. Data from these interviews were then compared to data collected from the General Accounting Office's longitudinal study entitled "The Well-Being of Older People in Cleveland, Ohio." The RSVP was found to appeal to a broad spectrum of the American public. Compared with the Cleveland cohort, RSVP attracts a healthier group of senior citizens, and continued involvement in RSVP is associated with improved or stable levels of functioning. Continued program participation is associated with participants' enhanced sense of well-being and outlook on life and may stave off the effects of aging. RSVP volunteers also provide meaningful services and contribute indirectly to the national work force. Program effectiveness may be increased by lowering first-year attrition rates. (Appendixes to this report include a glossary, a detailed description of the study design and methodology, sample attrition data, panel composition data tabulations, information on the reliability and validity of the study scales, levels-of-functioning data tabulations, and psychological/sociological scale results.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: ACTION, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Booz Allen and Hamilton, Inc., Washington, DC.