National Evaluation of Learn and Serve America, Summary Report

By Alan Melchior
December 18, 2014

In 1993, the National and Community Service Trust Act (P.L. 103-82) established the Learn and Serve America School and Community-Based Programs to support school and community-based efforts to involve school-aged youth in community service. Between 1994 and 1997, Brandeis University’s Center for Human Resources and Abt Associates Inc. conducted an evaluation of the national Learn and Serve School and Community-Based Programs for the Corporation for National Service. As more schools, districts, and states consider anytime, anywhere learning, An evaluation of “Learn and Serve” The Learn and Serve evaluation was designed to address four fundamental questions:
1. What is the impact of program participation on program participants?
2. What are the institutional impacts of Learn and Serve programs on participating schools?
3. What impacts do Learn and Serve programs have on their communities?
4. What is the return (in dollar terms) on the Learn and Serve investment?

Source Organization: Center for Youth and Communities, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management


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