The concept and practice of civic service is deeply rooted in America's past, present, and future, and has been a featured component of recent presidential agendas. Yet despite ongoing debates about the methods and values of civic service, no recent book has systematically analyzed the effectiveness and outcomes of service programs in America. Civic Service: What Difference Does It Make? presents a thorough, research-based evaluation of public service programs in the United States. Divided into four key parts, this groundbreaking volume presents original information not found anywhere else.
Part 1. Ideological and Historical Context; 1. The Ideal; 2. Policy Evolution; Part 2. Evidence and Methods; 3. The Nature of the Evidence; 4. Methodology: Defining Civic Service; Part 3. Research Synthesis Findings; 5. Civic Service Outcomes; 6. Qualities of Successful Programs; Part 4. Summing Up and Taking Stock; 7. Drawing Conclusions about Civic Service; 8. Policy Implications: The Evolution of Civic Services Objectives; Appendices