ERIC Number: ED360499
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May
Reference Count: N/A
VISTA. An Evaluation Report on Volunteers in Service to America.
Development Associates, Inc., Arlington, VA.
The Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) program was evaluated from the standpoint of its impact on three groups: VISTA volunteers, communities served by VISTA sponsors, and sponsoring organizations to which VISTA volunteers are assigned. Survey questionnaires were sent to 1,250 of the 3,400 VISTA volunteers currently in service, 494 current and former VISTA supervisors, and 750 members of communities served by VISTA projects. Response rates ranged from 87 percent for supervisors and community members to 64 percent for volunteers. The study established that 75 percent of VISTA volunteers have attended college, and 80 percent lived in the community served by their sponsoring organizations before volunteering for VISTA. Most VISTA volunteers worked in the areas of community planning and organization, education, and literacy training at an average direct cost to the federal government of $11,837 annually. Volunteers reported gaining considerable benefits from their VISTA experience, including personal satisfaction, career development, and increased community awareness. VISTA projects have been catalysts for improving the capacity of sponsoring organizations to serve local communities, and sponsors and communities are often able to sustain VISTA initiatives after VISTA funding ends. (The four questionnaires are appended. Eleven references are listed.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: ACTION, Washington, DC. Office of Policy Research and Evaluation.
Authoring Institution: Development Associates, Inc., Arlington, VA.