In collaboration with Project Supervisors, the Program Director sets quantitative (numeric) goals for AmeriCorps Members to collectively achieve during their Term of Service. These goals are called "Performance Measures". The Site Report is how Members report progress towards achieving these goals.
Here are the categories we ask Members to track:
- number of unduplicated volunteers engaged
- number of cumulative hours served
- number of unduplicated youth educated
- number of activities facilitated
- number of youth residing in undeserved communities
- number of youth surveyed who learned something new
- number of unduplicated adults engaged
- number of activities facilitated
- number of adults residing in underserved communities
- number of adults surveyed who learned something new
WATERSHEd HEALTH ACTIVITIES
- number of sites restored
- number of trees (shrubs, plants) installed
- acres of non-native, invasive weeds removed
- number of sites in underserved communities
- number of sites monitored that show increased biodiversity
- list partnerships that help expand your programs to underserved communites
- success stories
- end of term interviews with select stakeholders (youth, teachers, community members, leaders, etc)
Members submit a Site Report three times per term:
- Report 1: Early September through early January
- Report 2: Early January through early April
- Report 3: Early April through late July
The Program Director compiles, analyzes and submits Member data and stories to our grant monitor at Oregon Volunteers.
UNDERSTANDING DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION
Noticing racial and social disparities is critical to doing environmental justice work. Gaining greater awareness of historical, systemic and institutional inequities, along with understanding your own personal biases, privileges and power, will move us closer to greater equity and justice. This is the vision for the Confluence AmeriCorps program, and Members and Supervisors are encouraged to read more about equity and inclusion and the importance of capturing demographics below:
Understanding Demographics - Why they are important to collect and analyze
Populations of Color - Coalition for a Livable Future definition and map
Low Income Communities - Coalition for a Livable Future definition and map
Environmental Justice - OPAL Definition
Communities of Color - A Unsettling Profile - Coalition for Communities of Color
Verde Report - Latino perspectives on conservation leadership
The State of Diversity in Environmental Organizations - Final Report from Green 2.0
EXPANDING PROGRAM CAPACITY
Confluence and Supervisors are invested in expanding the reach and capacity of environmental programs and projects into communities that are underserved or marginalized. What does that mean exactly?
It means, when identifying new communities to connect with and empower, you and your Supervisor will need to research and build meaningful, sustainable, mutually beneficial relationships in communities that show high concentrations of people of color and people with low income. Where are the schools and communities that suffer most by not having access to funding, resources and services? This is where you want to be.
Equity Atlas Map series - Learn more about the Metro region using the Equity Atlas
Site Report Tracking Tool - Download and Use this Excel document to track your data.
Site Report Worksheet - Tool to organize data before entering it into the survey at the bottom of this page.
When facilitating activities with youth and adults, it is crucial to evaluate your impact.
- What did people learn?
- How has their behavior changed?
- Will they apply new knowledge going forward?
Capture this and other information at the close of your event. This practice is especially useful in evaluating your effectiveness as a facilitator.
- How can you improve?
- What new facilitation skills can you practice?
- How can you be more proactive in your outreach efforts when you notice less diversity in your audience.
Stand Up Survey - Conduct short-term surveys after each lesson or event to measure your impact.
Stakeholder Interviews - Conduct end-of-term key interviews to measure your impact over the whole term. Talk with students, teachers, parents, community members, industry partners, apartment residents, property managers...
Outreach Table - Fun interactive survey idea
It's important to know who is coming out to your events, volunteer work parties, youth activities and community events. Where are you recruiting and who is actually showing up?
One way to capture this important data is to use our Demographic Toolkit developed in partnership with the Center for Diversity and the Environment. You can also develop your own strategy with your service site. As long as you are making a concerted effort to assess who is showing up, you are participating in our mission to advance environmental justice.
Print a map of the area - Display at a welcome/registration table and have colorful push pins available for folks to pin where they live! Consider placing a volunteer here to make it more interactive! You an look up neighborhood demographics after your event.
Capturing Demographics - Tabling/event toolkit overview
Demographic Survey - Capture race and income data (print and have people put responses in a secure container)
Table Tent - Signage for tabling events (print + fold in half length-wise)
Equity Atlas - Maps showing high concentrations of low income populations and populations of color in the Metro region
Office of Neighborhood Involvement - Census Data for Portland area neighborhoods
Portland Map - Demographics delineated by streets and neighborhoods
Census Map - BY INCOME - Demographic map delineated by zip code depicting income levels
Census Map - BY RACE - Demographic map delineated by zip code depicting race and ethnicity
EJSCREEN - Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) web-based environmental justice mapping tool.
Brainy Zip - Zip code demographic overview
SITE REPORT SURVEY
Directions - Simple instructions for completing your site report!