ERIC Number: ED400420
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug-1
Evaluation of National and Community Service Programs. Impacts of Service: Final Report on the Evaluation of American Conservation and Youth Service Corps.
Jastrzab, JoAnn; And Others
The impact of the Conservation and Youth Services Corps on communities and program participants was evaluated by studying eight corps programs, which were located in the following areas: Washington State; New York City; Greater Miami, Florida; Santa Clara, California; Boston, Massachusetts; Camden County, New Jersey; Baltimore, Maryland; and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Collectively, the 8 programs enrolled 2,382 participants (14% of all participants funded by the Commission on National and Community Service during the study period). Information collected through site visits and surveys of participants, sponsoring/host agencies, and service beneficiaries was used to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of the programs and estimate their impacts on participants and the community. The programs' overall net monetary benefit to participants was estimated at $4.03 per service hour, whereas the net costs to the rest of society were estimated at $2.99 per service hour. Nearly 80% of program sponsors rated the quality of services provided by participants as good or excellent, and 69% of the program beneficiaries (including students, disadvantaged populations, senior citizens, and disabled individuals) rated the quality of work performed as good, very good, or excellent. The corps programs were found to have generally positive, albeit somewhat limited, impacts on program participants. (Fifteen tables/figures are included.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Corporation for National Service.
Authoring Institution: Brandeis Univ., Waltham, MA. Center for Human Resources.; Abt Associates, Inc., Bethesda, MD.