ERIC Number: ED437573
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Dec-21
Reference Count: N/A
National Evaluation of Serve-America (Subtitle B1). Final Report. Evaluation of National and Community Service Programs.
Serve-America is a national program that was established under the 1990 National and Community Service Act to involve young people in community service and thereby build their understanding of their communities, sense of social responsibility, and commitment to community involvement. In 1992, a 3-year evaluation of Serve-America was initiated to determine its effects on participants, benefits, and cost-effectiveness. The evaluation included observations, document reviews, and participant and control group surveys at 13 local Serve-America program sites. The evaluation established that, as of 1993-94, approximately 434,000 school-aged youths and 90,000 nonparticipant volunteers were participating in Serve-America programs. Serve-America was having positive effects on middle school and high school students and had created new service opportunities in 12 of the 13 intensive study sites. The Serve-America sites studied were producing approximately $3 in direct community benefits for every $1 in program costs. (Thirty tables/figures are included. Appendixes constituting approximately 50% of this document contain the following items: overview of the national evaluation; research and policy background of Serve-America; analysis sample and impact estimation method; definitions of scales and other outcome measures; baseline characteristics of participant and comparison group sample members; Subtitle B1 subgroup analysis; and baseline and follow-up surveys.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Citizenship Education, Cost Effectiveness, Elementary Secondary Education, National Programs, National Surveys, Outcomes of Education, Participant Characteristics, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Public Service, Questionnaires, School Community Relationship, Service Learning, Student Participation, Student Volunteers, Youth Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Corporation for National Service.
Authoring Institution: Abt Associates, Inc., Cambridge, MA.; Brandeis Univ., Waltham, MA. Center for Human Resources.