Policy Studies Associates

National Service Initiatives



Reading Partners

Policy Studies Associates has launched an important study of Reading Partners AmeriCorps alumni! Focused on alumni who completed at least one year of service between 2010 and 2018, the study will help Reading Partners deepen their understanding of the quality of the Reading Partners service experience and its effects on their AmeriCorps alumni, including their educational and/or career pathways as well as their beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors toward community and civic engagement. PSA is currently surveying the 1,200+ Reading Partners AmeriCorps alumni from all sites and cohorts. Other data collection activities include focus groups with a representative sample of alumni. Study results are expected by winter 2020. Learn more about Reading Partners and the AmeriCorps Alumni Study here.

City Year

PSA has been one of City Year’s research partners for more than 15 years, using quasi-experimental research designs for multiple studies of City Year and its Whole School Whole Child (WSWC) model for national, New York City, and Los Angeles City Year clients.

Reports include the following:

Analysis of the Impacts of City Year’s Whole School Whole Child Model on Partner Schools’ Performance
The City Year Experience: Putting Alumni on the Path to Lifelong Civic Engagement
Year 4 Evaluation of City Year New York’s Whole School Whole Child Initiative
Year 2 Evaluation of City Year New York’s Whole School Whole Child Initiative
City Year Parent Study: Exploring City Year’s Impact on Younger Alumni and Their Parents
The Effect of the City Year Experience Over Time: Findings from the Longitudinal Study of Alumni