2013 PLSC Evaluation Report

Program/Intervention: 
Public Lands Service Corps Program
Implementing Organization: 
The Public Lands Service Coalition
Intermediary(s): 
Utah Conservation Corps and other members of The Corps Network
Summary: 

The Public Lands Service Coalition (PLSC) is a group of Corps and other organizations the focuses on promoting and supporting youth service jobs and career development on public/tribal lands and waters. The purpose of this evaluation was to assess the impact of participating in a conservation corps program on intentions to gain additional education, confidence to gain employment and key targeted program outcomes (e.g., teamwork, leadership, etc.). Efforts were also made to assess the perceived quality of importance of core program components and processes.

The study found that:

  • Statistically significant increases were observed across all outcome measures in contrast to the general population comparison group, which include community and environmental engagement, teamwork, leadership, self-responsibility, critical thinking and communication skills;
  • On average, opportunities to gain new knowledge and skills were most important to corps participants;
  • Opportunities to gain more education and the quality of provided equipment were perceived as less important.
CNCS Program(s): 
AmeriCorps State and National
CNCS Focus Area(s): 
Environmental Stewardship
Outcomes Category(s): 
Awareness of Environmental Issues
Green Jobs
Benefit to National Service Member/Volunteer
Study Type(s): 
Case Study or Descriptive
Impact
Study Design(s): 
Non-Experimental
Quasi-Experimental (QED)
Level of Evidence: 
Strong
Evaluator: 
Brigham Young University, North Carolina State Univesrity
Year Published: 
2013
Date Posted Online: 
July 27, 2017
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