In an effort to develop innovative research methods for application to national service models, the Corporation for National Community Service recently awarded the IIR and six other higher education institutions grant monies to research the economic benefits of national service, volunteering, and civic engagement. The IIR's research proposal was selected from among more than 50 applications submitted from a variety of universities across the country. This study includes an examination of relationships through quantitative analyses, such as how volunteering translates into greater employment and earnings potential. Results from the study will be distributed to policymakers and other constituents via online policy briefs, brochures, and free and public lectures as well as through academic conference presentations and publications.
October 20, 2015