SCA completed its first standardized program evaluation in the summer of 2008. This pilot project included all members and leaders leaving the field after June 1, 2008. The survey consisted of both scaled and open ended questions and sets the stage for a follow up assessment to measure the impact of the SCA experience on behaviors after program completion.
SCA has identified eight outcomes that reflect the mission and purpose of its programs. The following shows the distribution of responses to these outcomes as well as overall satisfaction with the SCA experience.
Responses to selected questions:
What you told us:
"I am so thankful for the opportunity to go out there and experience something that I never thought in my life I’d have the chance to experience. I not only had the time of my life, but also grew as a person. I learned outdoor living skills and gained knowledge and a much bigger appreciation for the beautiful place I live in. Although I’ve always admired the beauty of nature, there’s nothing like living in it, and learning how to actually help it stay so beautiful." E.M., age 18, from Washington, served with North Cascades Wild
"This has enriched my life and saved it from becoming what dullness it might have been. ... Though cliché, I can honestly say my internship has brightened my world outlook." J.O., age 28, from Texas, served in Pisgah National Forest
"This has been the single best, happiest time of my life. It felt more real than anything that I have ever experienced and gave me an amazing hope that I had lost. It reassured me that there ARE people that can connect with me." K.C., age 17, from North Carolina, served in Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
We are off to a good start and the results include:
We look forward to presenting the results of the follow up surveys by the summer of 2009.