ERIC Number: ED362772
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
National Service: Designing, Implementing, and Evaluating a Successful Program. Rand Issue Paper.
Gray, Maryann Jacobi; And Others
The National Service (NS) program links financial assistance for education to community service. Four issues of primary concern arise as policymakers and program planners move from the program's concept to the fine points of its design and implementation: (1) achieving balance among the program's conflicting goals; (2) expanding educational opportunities; (3) matching community needs to participants' skills and interests; and (4) avoiding conflict with existing activities and programs. These major issues suggest evaluation tasks, including determining how program goals drive program planning; comparing priorities assigned to NS goals over time and across service agencies, educational institutions, and government agencies; describing how program administrators define "civic responsibility"; tracking characteristics of NS applicants and participants; tracking the proportion of precollege NS participants who use their educational vouchers; assessing the fit between agency needs and participants' skills and interests; measuring and tracking participant attrition; assessing the cost effectiveness of various approaches to training for NS participants; describing how teachers, police, and other service professionals integrate NS workers into the workplace; determining the effects of NS on agency staffing and number and types of new service jobs; and tracking applications to and participation in other service programs. (Contains 22 endnotes.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.