Mar 2021 – Jan 2023
Type of Evaluation
AmeriCorps St. Louis aims to protect people and places through service to the local, state, and national community in emergency response and environmental stewardship. Organizational Corps Members serve as an Emergency Response Team, able to deploy to disasters nationally, but focus on Environmental Stewardship projects when not deployed on a disaster. AmeriCorps St. Louis is a part of a large network of national service through the Corporation for National and Community Service.
The Evaluation Center is partnering with AmeriCorps St. Louis to refine their data collection instruments and better understand the impact of their services.
A process and outcome evaluation will be conducted for both the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) priority focus area of Disaster Response and the secondary focus of Environmental Stewardship. The purpose of this evaluation is to inform program staff, the Missouri Community Service Commission, and the CNCS on the effectiveness of the implementation of services. Specifically, the team will evaluate the theory of change, which states AmeriCorps St. Louis services:
1) caused disaster response partners to experience positive change in both knowledge/skill and service delivery of disaster response and recovery operations; and
2) assisted environmental stewardship partners to meet their land management targets/goals.
Evaluation Center Activities
- Work closely with the AmeriCorps team to finalize the list of evaluation questions
- Develop data collection instruments and approaches
- Revise the process for documenting and tracking progress for individual AmeriCorps Members to be used for Year 28 and beyond
- Establish interview guides for interviews with three groups:
1) AmeriCorps members,
2) agency representatives from Disaster Response Sites, and
3) representatives from Environmental Stewardship Sites
- Create data collection protocols to be used in future years
- Pre- and post-surveys for AmeriCorps Members
- AmeriCorps Member goal tracking process
- Key informant interview guides
- Data collection protocols