The Program Impact Evaluation
The Armed Services Arts Partnership (ASAP) contracted Dr. Thomas Ford, Western Carolina University (WCU) and Dr. Janelle Junkin, unlock Ngenuity, LLC. to design and implement a mixed-methods Program Impact Evaluation (PIE) of all ASAP classes in DC and Hampton Roads . The study, which runs from January 2018 through June 2019, seeks to understand the impact of participating in ASAP programming on the participants, family members or caregivers, and the audiences who attend performances.
Using surveys, focus groups, interviews, and content analysis, the study measures the impact of ASAP’s interventions on veterans’ well-being and skill-development. ASAP has identified two goals:
1. To establish a precedent for community arts programs for veterans and their families
2. To contribute quality research that explains the community arts’ impact on veterans’ well-being
The following highlights several of the study’s results as well as facts and figures from ASAP’s past and current work.
A statistically significant increase in new skills in each respective art form
“I think having this class and just talking about some of the issues or it gives writing down your thoughts a purpose…”
A statistically significant increase in self-esteem due to ASAP programming
“I can say what I’ve got to say and be comfortable with it.”
A statistically significant increase in resiliency, especially commitment (tendency to see life interesting and meaningful)
“It’s always something that I’ve had an interest in my life in doing, like acting, improving and I just felt … like this would be the best … a great opportunity for me … to step out of my comfort zone.”
ASAP ensures that all of its programming is free and easily accessible, empowering members of the military community the opportunity to acquire new skills, engage with peers, and develop their voice through the artistic avenue of their choice. Participants leave transformed -- into comedians, writers, storytellers, and improv artists. They gain confidence and a community.
Check out a few of our program alumni here- and see for yourself the impact ASAP has in the lives of our participants and in their communities.