Since its founding, YouthBuild USA, Inc. has worked to establish a culture of accountability within the network of YouthBuild programs. We have developed a robust data management system that provides on-going information guiding our quality assurance and grant-making practices.
We have also partnered with external researchers in a variety of targeted studies to increase our knowledge. Studies on YouthBuild USA have been contracted and funded by government agencies, funded by YouthBuild USA with private funds, or conducted by individual researchers and entities with their own funds.
In 2018, MDRC will complete a random assignment study of YouthBuild at 75 randomly selected sites in the USA in partnership with the US Department of Labor and YouthBuild USA. In 2016, MDRC published its interim report on the YouthBuild Evaluation.
The Inter-American Development Bank has funded YouthBuild program expansion in El Salvador, Brazil, and the Bahamas, and has commissioned impact studies of the YouthBuild operations in these three countries.
Most recent studies:
- Building a Future: Interim Impact Findings from the YouthBuild Evaluation, Cynthia Miller and Megan Millenky et al, Social Policy Research Associates and MDRC, February 2016. (Funded by the United States Department of Labor)
- Adapting to Local Context: Findings from the YouthBuild Evaluation Implementation Study, Andrew Wiegand and Michelle S. Manno et al, Social Policy Research Associates and MDRC, February 2015. (Funded by the United States Department of Labor)
- Developing Positive Young Adults: A Framework for Understanding Identity Development, By Ronald Ferguson, Jason Snipes, Farhana Hossein, and Michelle Manno, MDRC, 2015. (Funded by YouthBuild USA)
- Creating New Pathways to Postsecondary: Evaluation of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Postsecondary Success (PSS) Initiative, Brandeis University, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, December 2013. (Pilot YouthBuild sites were evaluated. Funded by the Gates Foundation)
- Youth Development Through Service: A Quality Assessment of the YouthBuild AmeriCorps Program, Kathleen A. Tomberg, Research and Evaluation Center, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, 2013. (Funded by AmeriCorps)
- Pathways into Leadership; A Study of YouthBuild Graduates, Peter Levine, PhD, CIRCLE, Tufts University. 2012. (Funded by Knight Foundation)
- An Analysis of GED Attainment at YouthBuild AmeriCorps Programs, SPR - Social Policy Research Associates, Michael J. Midling, Jillianne Leufgen, 2010. (Funded by AmeriCorps)