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Last year, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) awarded 2017 AmeriCorps State and National Evidence-based Planning Grants to seven worthy organizations. The goal? To help these organizations develop their own national service programs with a focus on evidence and evaluation.

Evidence-based programming underscores the mission of CNCS’s Office of Research & Evaluation (ORE). We see program development as an iterative process, using evaluation and research as indicators for improving programs, impacting more lives, and building stronger communities. To that end, ORE helps further the school of evaluation by providing organizations with the resources and tools to incorporate evaluation into their own efforts.

Every grant is a unique story. Not just for the obvious reasons of differing organizations, missions, and locations, but also the process of developing, administering, and evaluating a program. The evidence-based planning grant process can provide valuable insights for our grantees’ peers and other organizations that may also consider applying for a grant.

It is for that reason that we decided to chronicle our 2017 grantees’ journey through program development. In this first of four blogs, we introduce each organization and examine their initial experiences as they began planning their programs. Stay tuned for future blogs, as we dive deeper into their program development, challenges, and how each grantee overcame obstacles.

Antioch University

Feb 21, 2018

Last year, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) awarded 2017 AmeriCorps State and National Evidence-based Planning Grants to seven worthy organizations. The goal? To help...


By Debbie Basile, Project Director - Lutheran Foster Grandparent Program

It was Sunday morning and I began the usual routine: I stretched in bed; arms flung outward; groaned a bit; leisurely ambled my way to the bathroom. I scowled at myself in the mirror and completed the tasks at hand. I got dressed and went off to church.

You know how it is in church: everyone has a specific seat. Therefore, I went to my usual spot - the back left corner. I believe that finding that familiar seat is a throwback to grade school, when we all sat in alphabetical order or in our reading group. I wandered over to the table and poured myself a cup of coffee; this is an offering at our contemporary service. I sat quietly listening to the prelude music as the parishioners sauntered in. From my corner spot, I have an ideal vantage point - I can see who comes and who goes, who sits here, who sits there, and who sits with whom. I love to watch people - it is so intriguing.

This specific Sunday, I watched a particular family arrive. They quickly stopped to pick up their church bulletin and headed to their “assigned” seats. I noticed a big smile on the face of the youngest member of the family, as he yanked to break away from his mother’s hand. I watched this young man connect eyeball to eyeball with a woman already seated in the congregation. The boy made a beeline right over to this woman with open arms and gave her a big hug. She immediately smiled and graciously returned the hug. I thought to myself, “Oh, how nice that is. The woman must be a relative or a former neighbor. Someone respected.”  

Feb 8, 2018

AmeriCorps VISTA has 3,000 opportunities nationwide for you to go where you’re skills, talents, and experience are needed - in communities, fighting poverty. You may not have thought to search in Wyoming, but here are 10 good reasons to consider serving in the Cowboy State:

1. Go find your park! We have an abundance of public lands. Between 2 National Parks, 12 State Parks, 5 National Forests, & 1 National Monument, there millions of acres to explore. (Photo credit:


2. Local nonprofits need your help! Recent downturns in the coal, oil, and gas industries, have led to the loss of an estimated 25,000 jobs. Local nonprofits are struggling to meet the gaps and keep up with the need, and that is where some of our AmeriCorps VISTA projects fit in. 


3. Get outside! We have year-round recreation opportunities such as: hiking, hunting, biking, skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, fishing, and more! 


4. Eat Local. From fresh produce to wild game to cutthroat trout, our cuisine is as local and as fresh as it gets.

Jan 16, 2018

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the land,
AmeriCorps members were driving, in a basic white van.
But their stockings weren’t hung; no, not with care.
They’re on a new mission, going to who knows where.

They had to be tired, many nodded their heads,
But when duty calls, everyone misses their beds,
This assignment was special, it came in a snap,
“Santa needs help; grab your boots, grab your cap!”

I looked out my window; wondering “What’s all the fuss?”
My wife and kids were sleeping, those folks need to hush.
All these people in khakis, branded with S’s and A’s,
But others came with them, I didn’t know what to say.


The snow was falling; I had just come home,
Three tours of duty; no more need to roam.
Christmas might miss us, but we had each other,
Here, just four of us gathered, along with my mother.

All of a sudden, an SUV tore ‘round the corner;
It stopped in our drive, out popped folks with hand warmers;
The front door flung open and who did appear;
It was a special Team Leader, in green khaki gear.

Dec 22, 2017

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