RAND Epstein Family Veterans Policy Research Institute
Jul 15, 2021
Little is known about how veteran-serving organizations promote veteran social connectedness and reduce the risk of isolation — or how organizations measure the effectiveness of those efforts. A national survey, interviews with veteran-serving organizations, and a first-of-its-kind program typology offer new insights into the support available to strengthen veterans' social connections and how organizations evaluate their programs' effectiveness.
An Examination of Program Operations and Evaluation Efforts
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Veteran-serving organizations across the United States offer programs to support veteran wellness as veterans transition from military to civilian life, but little is known about the services and activities these programs offer to promote veteran social connectedness and reduce the risk of isolation — or how these organizations measure the effectiveness of those efforts. A web-based, national survey of veteran-serving organizations, interviews with organizations that offer programs to strengthen veterans' social connections, and a first-of-its-kind program typology provide new insights into the types of support available to help veterans build these connections, how organizations evaluate their programs' effectiveness, and where they would benefit from assistance to overcome barriers to program evaluation.
Funding for this research was made possible by a generous gift from Daniel J. Epstein through the Epstein Family Foundation. The research was conducted by the RAND Epstein Family Veterans Policy Research Institute within RAND Education and Labor.
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