Breakthrough Central Texas is an affiliate of Breakthrough Collaborative, a national college preparation program for low-income middle school students who are soon-to-be first-generation college students. To better understand the impact of the program in relation to costs, AmeriCorps commissioned a return on investment (ROI) analysis. 

Key Findings:

  • The ROI analysis estimated the Breakthrough Central Texas’s Austin program’s ROI to be between $0.03 and $10.22 per funder dollar, depending on length of program participation and level of increased earnings after AmeriCorps service.
  • The return on each dollar of federal support for the program is between $0.16 and $54.56.
  • The program produces strong returns for the medium- and long-term scenarios for all ROI calculations.

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Return on Investment (ROI) Studies

AmeriCorps and its grantees have invested significant resources in evaluating different agency programs and supported program models designed to improve a range of outcomes for national service members and volunteers, children, families, organizations, and communities across America. AmeriCorps has commissioned ICF International to conduct ROI analyses to help measure the program performance and build the base of evidence for future resource allocation decisions. In addition, each ROI study helps AmeriCorps communicate the value of its programs to relevant stakeholders. The ROI Studies Project will produce 16 ROI assessments from FY20 to FY23. 


Further information

ROI Analysis
Implementing Organization
Breakthrough Austin

AmeriCorps Office of Research and Evaluation Commissioned Report

AmeriCorps Program(s)
AmeriCorps State and National
Age(s) Studied
6-12 (Childhood)
13-17 (Adolescent)
18-25 (Young adult)
Focus Population(s)/Community(s)
Outcome Category
K-12 success
Post-secondary educational support
Benefit to national service members/volunteers
Improving AmeriCorps
Nonprofit development
Study Type(s)
Cost-benefit or Cost Effectiveness Study
ICF International
Published Year
Study Site Location (State)