Transformation and Sustainability Plan, 2018
As we mark the 25th anniversary of AmeriCorps, our Transformation and Sustainability Plan makes long overdue improvements to better support our field and position national service for greater impact and growth for the next 25 years and beyond. Developed after months of review and incorporating ideas from AmeriCorps staff, grantees, sponsors, previous Administrations, the Inspector General and GAO, and other stakeholders, the plan will expand access, improve customer service, strengthen community impact, build long-term sustainability, and positioned national service for future growth.
Strategic Plan, 2011-2015
Today’s social and economic challenges are complex and require innovative and sustainable solutions. AmeriCorps’ Strategic Plans leverage the strength of the American people to build a network of programs that offer effective solutions in the six priority areas: Disaster Services, Economic Opportunity, Education, Environmental Stewardship, Healthy Futures, and Veterans and Military Families. We will produce these results by investing in effective local initiatives, engaging more Americans in service, supporting evidence-based programs, and leveraging public-private partnerships.
The 2011-2015 Strategic Plan provided a roadmap for using national service to address challenges facing our nation. It built on the foundation of national service that has developed over the past four decades and the vision set forth in the bipartisan Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act of 2009. It was the result of a nine-month collaborative effort between Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS, now operating as AmeriCorps) and our network of state commissions, grantees, members, volunteer, staff, and the public through which more 1,900 individuals provided input on our strategic direction.
The Strategic Plan included further details on the specific objectives, strategies, and performance measures that determine how we evaluated our success from 2011-2015.
Our agency-wide performance measures included 16 priority measures that told the AmeriCorps story and the value and impact of service. The 16 priority measures provided a common focal point for AmeriCorps’ work across all programs and initiatives.
Each AmeriCorps program and initiative offers different strengths and capabilities to address local and national priorities.
These agency-wide measures allowed AmeriCorps to assess the individual and collective results of programs and continue to enhance program effectiveness. A common set of measures also expanded our ability to account for the combined contributions of all of our grantees, State Service Commissions, and other partners.