Advanced Search
MyIDEAS: Login to save this article or follow this journal

Inside national service: AmeriCorps' impact on participants


Author Info

  • Peter Frumkin

    (Professor of Public Affairs, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and Director, RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service, both at the University of Texas, Austin)

  • JoAnn Jastrzab

    (Principal Associate, Abt Associates)

  • Margaret Vaaler

    (Received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Texas, Austin)

  • Adam Greeney

    (Doctoral student in economics, University of Texas, Austin)

  • Robert T. Grimm

    (Director of Research and Policy Development, Corporation for National and Community Service)

  • Kevin Cramer

    (Deputy Director of Research and Policy Development, Corporation for National and Community Service)

  • Nathan Dietz

    (Research Associate|Statistician for the Office of Research and Policy Development at the Corporation for National and Community Service)

Registered author(s):


    This study examines the short- and long-term impact of AmeriCorps participation on members' civic engagement, education, employment, and life skills. The analysis compares changes in the attitudes and behaviors of participants over time to those of individuals not enrolled in AmeriCorps, controlling for interest in national and community service, member and family demographics, and prior civic engagement. Results indicate that participation in AmeriCorps led to positive impacts on members, especially in the area of civic engagement, members' connection to community, knowledge about problems facing their community, and participation in community-based activities. AmeriCorps had some positive impacts on its members' employment-related outcomes. Few statistically significant impacts were found for measures of participants' attitude toward education or educational attainment, or for selected life skills measures. Within a subset of community service programs that incorporate a residential component for members, the study also uncovered a short-term negative impact of participation on members' appreciation for ethnic and cultural diversity, which disappeared over time. The implications of these findings for future research on national service are discussed. © 2009 by the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management.

    Download Info

    If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
    File URL:
    File Function: Link to full text; subscription required
    Download Restriction: no

    Bibliographic Info

    Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.

    Volume (Year): 28 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 394-416

    as in new window
    Handle: RePEc:wly:jpamgt:v:28:y:2009:i:3:p:394-416

    Contact details of provider:
    Web page:

    Related research



    References listed on IDEAS
    Please report citation or reference errors to , or , if you are the registered author of the cited work, log in to your RePEc Author Service profile, click on "citations" and make appropriate adjustments.:
    as in new window
    1. Sascha O. Becker & Andrea Ichino, 2002. "Estimation of average treatment effects based on propensity scores," Stata Journal, StataCorp LP, vol. 2(4), pages 358-377, November.
    2. William Morgan & Matthew Streb, 2001. "Building Citizenship: How Student Voice in Service-Learning Develops Civic Values," Social Science Quarterly, Southwestern Social Science Association, vol. 82(1), pages 154-169.
    Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)



    This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.


    Access and download statistics


    When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:wly:jpamgt:v:28:y:2009:i:3:p:394-416. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Wiley-Blackwell Digital Licensing) or (Christopher F. Baum).

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

    If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.