Nevada Conservation Corps (NCC) is an environmental service program of the Great Basin Institute dedicated to promoting field research and direct conservation service. NCC has utilized AmeriCorps support for its conservation work since 1999. To better understand the impact of the program in relation to costs, AmeriCorps commissioned a return on investment (ROI) analysis.

Key Findings:

  • Benefits of NCC include: 1) Improved outcomes for various stakeholders in terms of reduced wildfire damage, environmental improvements, and greater trail access; 2) Increased post-service earnings by AmeriCorps members; 3) Living allowances, stipends, and education awards to AmeriCorps members; 4) Increased tax revenue for government; and 5) Reduced lifetime spending on corrections, public assistance, and social insurance.
  • The program produces strong returns for the medium- and long-term scenarios when benefits to AmeriCorps members, program participants, and state/local governments are included.

Full Report

Research Brief

Environmental Stewardship ROI One-Pager

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
Nevada Conservation Corps

AmeriCorps Office of Research and Evaluation Commissioned Report

AmeriCorps Program(s)
AmeriCorps State and National
Age(s) Studied
18-25 (Young adult)
Focus Population(s)/Community(s)
Outcome Category
At-risk ecosystems
Awareness of environmental issues
Green jobs
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)