Corporation for National and Community Service

Using Evidence for Scaling Community-Based Interventions That Work

Posted on June 4, 2018

The Office of Research and Evaluation (ORE) at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) invites you to join our Research and Evidence webinar series. This webinar series is one of many ways ORE is sharing current research on civic engagement, volunteering, and national service.

This month, we are pleased to introduce:

Welcome: Mary Hyde, PhD., Director, ORE, CNCS

Introductory Remarks: Lily Zandniapour, Ph.D., Research and Evaluation Manager, and Anthony Nerino, ORE, CNCS

Presentation: Using Evidence for Scaling Community-Based Interventions That Work

  • Nan Maxwell, Ph.D., Senior Researcher, Mathematica Policy Research
  • Scott Richman, Ph.D., Survey Researcher, Mathematica Policy Research

Closing Remarks: Lily Zandniapour and Anthony Nerino

Date and Time

This webinar will be held on Wednesday, June 13, from 2 – 3 PM ET.

Please RSVP to attend.
https://events-na1.adobeconnect.com/content/connect/c1/2490562023/en/events/event/private/2499178358/2523969084/event_registration.html?sco-id=2547730396&_charset_=utf-8

If you have any questions, contact the CNCS Office of Research and Evaluation at evaluation@cns.gov.

Study Abstract

Presentation: Using Evidence for Scaling Community-Based Interventions That Work
Presenters: Nan Maxwell, Ph.D., Senior Researcher, and Scott Richman, Ph.D., Survey Researcher, Mathematica Policy Research

In recent years, policymakers, researchers, and practitioners have expressed a growing interest in using evidence to make investment decisions and grow the impact of community-based solutions that work. CNCS and its grantees have invested significant resources in the design, implementation, and evaluation of interventions to improve a range of outcomes for children, families, organizations, and communities. These efforts have helped the agency identify and support effective community-based interventions.

CNCS is interested in promoting the scaling of interventions that use national service programs, such as AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers, to bring effective solutions to communities in need. As part of that effort, the agency began a multi-year scaling project in 2016 to deepen its understanding of the effective interventions it supports and its knowledge base on scaling them. The process developed by the project contains three critical and interrelated components: (1) identifying effective evidence-based interventions; (2) building a framework based on implementation science research that defines the conditions under which scaling an intervention is likely to be successful; and (3) applying the framework’s conditions for scaling readiness to assess whether organizations are ready to scale effective interventions.

This webinar will provide details on this process and each of the three components. It will also describe the utility of this process for agencies interested in scaling effective innovations, working with programs to build evidence, and develop their readiness for scaling. Finally, it will discuss the role of evidence in funding programs, providing technical assistance, and building the capacity of organizations to benefit from evaluations.

Office of Research and Evaluation

The Corporation for National and Community Service sponsors and supports scholarly research. Findings are used to identify effective strategies for national service, increase the evidence-base for its programs, and strengthen civic infrastructure and civic engagement in America. ORE builds, shares, and uses knowledge in multiple ways. Our CNCS webpages include ongoing and completed studies and evaluation resources. To find out more about research and evaluation at CNCS, check out our webpages.


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