Projects and Cores
The study's short-term goals are to recruit 1,046 participants and 48 schools, to randomize the participants and schools into either the Experience Corps or control condition and to conduct baseline and follow-up evaluations across a 24-month period to assess program effectiveness on the older adults, children and schools.
The longer-term goals are to continue to follow the volunteers and children to determine the downstream effects of the program and to explore ways to ensure continued expansion and sustainability.
- We can recruit and retain a large cohort of older adult volunteers to the Experience Corps program.
- The volunteers accept the need for randomization to determine the effectiveness of the Experience Corps program.
- The program is perceived as attractive to older adults and as a positive experience by participants, including principals, teachers and children.
(Funding support for the Baltimore Experience Corps study is provided by the National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health, under contract P30-AG02133.)