ERIC Number: ED328721
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Dec
Assessment as a Component in the Volunteer Process: An Analysis of the Use of a Skills/Interest Inventory in the Assessment of RSVP Volunteers. Annual RSVP Evaluation Report.
Greater St. Cloud Retired Senior Volunteer Program, MN.
Analysis of the total framework of relationships between the St. Cloud (Minnesota) Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) staff and senior volunteers revealed that six components were involved in this organized effort: (1) recruitment and enrollment; (2) assessment and matching; (3) placement and supervision; (4) orientation and training; (5) motivation, recognition, and reward; and (6) follow-up and evaluation. An annual evaluation focused upon the use of a 76-item Skill/Interest Inventory to supplement the personal interview in the process of assessment and matching. A total of 128 senior volunteers provided skills/interest information; 111 females and 17 males identified 871 specific skills. Predominant skills and interests were revealed in 10 broad areas, with clerical, personal caring, communications, food service work, entertainment, and arts and crafts heading the list. Short-term volunteer work assignments were preferred by 78 percent of the respondents. Senior female volunteer interests ranged from 60 to 97 percent over the entire list of skill areas, whereas senior males expressed interests in fix-it skills, criminal justice work, and communications. The majority indicated no preference with whom they worked, but volunteers with a preference were interested in working with adults, particularly with seniors. (Eleven annotated references and the survey instrument are appended.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Greater St. Cloud Retired Senior Volunteer Program, MN.
Note: For a related report, see ED 316 668.