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30 Years of Research: Learn How VISTA Strengthens Communities

AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members are talented, dedicated individuals whose service builds the capacity of community nonprofit organizations that aim to improve economic outcomes. Download our newest infographic that shows how VISTA’s 8,500 members help boost capacity, build stronger communities, and leave a lasting impact. After you download the VISTA infographic, read the VISTA 50-Year Review for a more detailed picture of the research.

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New Blog Posts from ORE

The Office of Research & Evaluation (ORE) recently completed a study of opportunity youth who were engaged in service as AmeriCorps members. Independent evaluator JBS International conducted an impact evaluation of the bundled programs with a goal of assessing whether participants showed greater improvements in education, employment, and civic engagement outcomes than comparison youth. Learn more in our blog post, Measuring Opportunity Youth Programs through Bundling Research & Evaluation.

We are continuing to shine a light on how our grantees develop their own national service programs with a focus on evidence and evaluation by following them on their journey from start to finish. The second blog post in the series, Building Service: A Look into CNCS Research Program Grants, focuses on each organization’s initial program development experiences, as well as the challenges and opportunities faced through the grants. 

Check back for more developments in the blog series, and if you missed the first blog, catch up here

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    2018 National Senior Corps Convening

    ORE is excited to support Senior Corps’ annual national convening this July 16-18. Be sure to stop by the “Data Dig” presented by ORE and Senior Corps during the event to discuss and provide feedback on the latest research from Senior Corps. Then get ready for interactive sessions, creative problem solving, and peer-to-peer learning. The convening will energize and inspire you as Senior Corps continues to foster innovation and create greater impact within communities nationwide.

    The event will be live webcasted on the 2018 National Senior Corps Convening website.

    Lastly, be sure to check back in Fall 2018 to see the full Senior Corps report. 

    The Latest from the Research & Evidence Webinar Series

    The ORE Research & Evidence webinar series is in full swing. On May 23, speakers from Adler University, National Louis University, and Urban Institute discussed the capacity building of AmeriCorps and the financial effects on non-profits, including Habitat for Humanity. If you weren’t able to join, watch a recording of the webinar on our website.

    On June 13, speakers from Mathematica Policy Research joined ORE to discuss research on the scaling of interventions that use national service programs, such as AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers, to bring effective solutions to communities in need. Check out the recording of the webinar, available now on our website.