ERIC Number: ED336627
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
An Evaluation Report on the VISTA Literacy Corps.
Development Associates, Inc., Arlington, VA.
An evaluation of the VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) Literacy Corps was conducted to provide a description of the Literacy Corps, numbers of persons served, strategies used, volunteer activities, and project results; to determine the degree to which the program is meeting its goals; and to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the VISTA Literacy Corps. Data were gathered from 60 VISTA Literacy Corps project directors and 313 active VISTA volunteers through a mailed survey. Telephone interviews were conducted with 153 former volunteers, and 18 site visits were made. Some of the findings of the survey were the following: (1) the median number of clients served by a program was 220; (2) the major activities of VISTA volunteers were client recruitment, outreach, recruiting of tutors and other volunteers, and recordkeeping; (3) volunteers received an average of 42 hours of training; and (4) volunteers were most effective in increasing links with other organizations. The study concluded that the VISTA Literacy Corps is meeting its mandate to work with disadvantaged populations in poverty areas and that the literacy projects will have a hard time serving their clientele once VISTA volunteers complete their service. The study recommended that literacy should remain a focus of the VISTA program, that the structure be improved, and that greater communication among VISTA Literacy Corps projects should be encouraged. (8 references) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: ACTION, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Development Associates, Inc., Arlington, VA.