Building a Community Legacy Together Program Evaluation

Worksite Location
CCE Orange County and CCE Genesee County
Faculty Sponsor
Karl Pillemer
Other Campus-Based Mentors/Supervisors
Leslie Schultz
Field Mentors/Supervisors
Denyse Variano, Beverly Mancuso
Project Summary and Intended Outcomes

In this project, we will implement, evaluate, refine, and disseminate an intergenerational program: Building a Community Legacy Together (BCLT). The BCLT program provides a structured opportunity for youth to interview elders living in the community and in senior living settings about elder wisdom and advice for living. It will allow youth to learn about older people and aging and is expected to create respect for the wisdom of age and combat ageism. In addition, it will provide youth with an opportunity to develop specific skill sets that will be useful to them in the future (e.g., interviewing and research skills). From the standpoint of older participants, the project will provide an opportunity for elders to benefit from the experience of sharing wisdom with the young. A major goal is to provide evaluation data on the effectiveness of the BLCT program, using a quasi-experimental comparison group design and a detailed process evaluation, allowing us not only to answer the question 'Did the program work?' but also 'What worked?'

Roles and Responsibilities

The intern will gain valuable experience in evidence-based program development and evaluation in a community agency setting. During the summer, we will be conducting the program in Orange and Genesee Counties, involving approximately 10 4-H members and 10 elders at each county. Quantitative outcome data will be collected via self-report questionnaires. To augment these outcome data, we plan to conduct 1) qualitative interviews with participants regarding satisfaction with the program and ideas for improvements, and 2) qualitative interviews with program personnel involved in delivering the program (including CCE staff, aging network collaborators, and 4-H leaders). Observation of the program will also take place.

The intern will be trained in interviewing and will conduct interviews; assist in coding the main themes of the interviews; and collaborate in analyzing the process evaluation data. We expect that a publication will result from these data, on which the intern is expected to be a co-author.

The intern will be involved in several activities as part of the evaluation. First, because the programs will be taking place for at least part of the internship, s/he will assist the counties in organization of the program (e.g., meeting planning and publicity). Second, the intern will conduct process evaluation interviews via telephone and will also travel to the two CCE sites to collect process information from agency staff and to observe the program in operation. Project funding will be used for the intern's travel (and lodging, if necessary).

Qualifications and Previous Coursework

Must be a full time CHE freshman, sophomore or junior. Graduating seniors are not eligible. Must meet NYS Department of Motor Vehicle requirement, if applicable.
The student will require good communication skills to perform the interview component of the project. Background in courses in Human Development is desirable (although specific courses are not necessary for this internship). Some background in volunteering or work in human services organizations also is desirable. However, we anticipate that a range of students would be appropriate for this internship, as it will be closely supervised.

Benefits and Skills

- First-hand experience in interviewing and interpreting interview data.
- Exposure to two CCE Associations and their activities
- Experience in conducting evaluation research of a social program
- Development of interpersonal skills in a work environment