Volunteering in America
In partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau, AmeriCorps takes the pulse of our nation’s civic health every two years through the Current Population Survey Civic Engagement and Volunteering Supplement.
By learning from available evidence, we can continually improve how we deliver on our mission to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement. The AmeriCorps Evidence Exchange is a digital repository of research, and evaluation reports.
AmeriCorps' Open Data
AmeriCorps promotes transparency by making agency data available to the public.
AmeriCorps Member Race and Ethnicity National Figures
This dataset represents the percent distribution of AmeriCorps member terms which started their service in calendar year 2019 by race and ethnicity.
In coordination with state and local entities, national service responds to the most pressing issues facing our nation. AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s jobs, reduce crime, connect returning veterans to jobs, fight the opioid epidemic, support seniors to live independently, make college more accessible and affordable, and help Americans rebuild their lives following disasters.
How We Build Evidence of Impact
The agency’s strategic evidence plan provides a roadmap for generating credible, relevant, and actionable information about the extent to which it is achieving its mission.
At AmeriCorps, we view evidence building as an ongoing cycle, and incorporate the process into our work across the agency through four phases: innovation, implementation, improvement, and expanded impact.
AmeriCorps researches and develops unique service programs that explore how to engage and improve communities.
AmeriCorps members, grantees, and partner organizations adopt programs locally to address social issues.
AmeriCorps leverages rigorous evaluation methods to measure program performance and identify opportunities for improvement.
Using evaluation results, AmeriCorps provides the framework for other organizations to replicate and scale programs in their communities.
Supporting Research and Evaluation
The AmeriCorps Office of Research and Evaluation (ORE) produces accurate and timely research on national service, social innovation, volunteering, and civic engagement. We conduct original and sponsored research and evaluations, support evaluations of grantees’ research and programs, and promote evidence-based service models – all of which infuses data into AmeriCorps programs and contributes to the public understanding of national service.
Research and Evaluation Digest
The Research and Evaluation Digest highlights the agency’s recent research, evaluation and evidence tools, reports, and knowledge building activities on national service, social innovation, volunteering, and civic engagement. The Digest is your go-to resource for original and sponsored research and evaluations, evaluations of grantees’ research and programs, and promotion of evidence-based service models – all of which infuse data into AmeriCorps programs and contribute to the public’s understanding of national service.
Research and Evaluation Digest Archive
Research and Evaluation Digest: Grantee Spotlight, 2022 AmeriCorps Research Grantee Dialogue, and more
May 11, 2022
Research and Evaluation Digest: 2022 AmeriCorps Research Grantee Dialogue, Upcoming Webinar, 'Step Forward' Infographic, ROI Studies Factsheet, and more
March 17, 2022
Research and Evaluation Digest: Webinar Now Available, Research Grantee Highlight, Environmental Stewardship Brief and more
February 1, 2022
AmeriCorps Research & Evaluation Digest: New SCALER Tool Resources, Grantee Spotlight, Upcoming Research Webinar, and more
November 2, 2021
AmeriCorps Research & Evaluation Digest: New Video, Grantee Profiles, and more
July 30, 2021
AmeriCorps Research & Evaluation Digest: New Resources, Grantee Spotlight, and more
May 25, 2021
AmeriCorps Research & Evaluation Digest: Perspective from Mary, ASN Infographic, Grantee Spotlights, and more
March 4, 2021
AmeriCorps Research & Evaluation Digest: Data-Driven Mission Video, Grantee Spotlight, SIF’s Decade of Change, and more
October 13, 2020
CNCS Research and Evaluation Digest: Award-winning Video, CNCS Response to Opioid Crisis, Webinar, and more
July 1, 2020
New from ORE: Grantee Updates, Research Summit 2019, The Latest Webinar and more
April 1, 2020
News from ORE: National Accelerator, Grantee Profiles, 2019 Research Summit
September 11, 2019
News from ORE: Healthy Futures, Leadership in Action, and Bridging Divides
June 28, 2019
New from ORE: Senior Corps Research, Economic Opportunity Brief, Grantee Spotlight
April 16, 2019
ORE Newsletter: 2018 Community Conversations Research Grant Awardees, Education Evidence Brief, and Website Makeover
December 4, 2018
New from ORE: Senior Corps Convening, 30 Years of Research, and more
July 12, 2018
Research & Evaluation Newsletter - Winter 2018
March 6, 2018
Research & Evaluation Newsletter - Fall 2017
November 15, 2017
Research & Evaluation Newsletter - Summer 2017
June 23, 2017
Research & Evaluation Newsletter - Spring 2017
February 28, 2017
Research & Evaluation Newsletter – Spring 2016: Celebrating Serving Seniors!
May 17, 2016
Research & Evaluation Newsletter – February 2016
February 23, 2016
Research & Evaluation Newsletter - Winter 2016
December 13, 2016
Featured Office of Research and Evaluation Webinars
What is Civic Engagement? Exploring New Paradigms
March 15, 2023
Bridging the Research to Practice Gap with an Equitable Lens
October 13, 2022