Evidence of Effectiveness in AmeriCorps Funded Interventions
Mathematica experts have made three recommendations to help AmeriCorps build a larger portfolio of interventions that work.
- Help grantees conduct studies that rigorously assess whether their intervention has an impact.
- When funding interventions, consider prioritizing those that show impacts across multiple outcomes.
- Target funding for scaling at effective interventions.
Agencies throughout the federal government and other grant-making institutions are increasingly conducting systematic evidence reviews and synthesizing the results of well-executed research to identify interventions that have evidence of effectiveness. These efforts can help funders make strategic decisions about how to effectively and efficiently address individual and community needs. Evidence reviews can also enhance funders’ decisions about scaling up interventions that show the most promise to expand the scope of their impact. This work is designed to generate practical knowledge about how AmeriCorps might foster the successful scaling of effective interventions and help support AmeriCorps’ efforts to identify which interventions work and how they can work for more people.