2011 National Performance Measures: Veterans and Military Families Focus Area

Grants in the Veterans and Military Families Focus Area will meet the needs of veterans and family members of active duty and deployed military personnel. Veterans and Military Families programs may include activities in the areas of health, education and economic opportunity, including the elimination of veteran homelessness, educational programs for children in military families, and economic opportunities for military spouses and veterans. The Corporation is also interested in supporting programs that target disadvantaged, homeless, or formerly homeless veterans and programs that align with the efforts of the U.S Departments of Housing and Urban Development, Veterans Affairs, Labor, Defense, and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness.

Applicants opting in to the national measures must select at least one output measure (V1-V7) that matches their program model. Applicants must also develop an aligned self-determined outcome measure.

Select a Measure:

  • V 1: Number of veterans receiving services and assistance, including veterans with disabilities, veterans who are unemployed, older veterans, and veterans in rural communities
  • V 2: Number of veterans engaged in service opportunities (other than mentoring economically disadvantaged students)
  • V 3: Number of veterans assisted in pursuing educational opportunities
  • V 4: Number of veterans assisted in receiving professional certification, licensure, or credentials
  • V 5: Number of veterans engaged in mentoring relationships with economically disadvantaged students
  • V 6: Number of housing units developed, repaired, or otherwise made available for veterans
  • V 7: Number of military families receiving services and assistance

Measures:

Measure V 1: Number of veterans receiving services and assistance, including veterans with disabilities, veterans who are unemployed, older veterans, and veterans in rural communities.

  • References/Authority:
    • SAA Indicator: (vii) The number of projects designed to meet identifiable public needs of veterans, especially veterans with disabilities, veterans who are unemployed, older veterans, and veterans in rural communities.
    • SAA Activity: (vi) Developing projects to assist veterans with disabilities, veterans who are unemployed, older veterans, and veterans in rural communities, including assisting veterans described in this clause with transportation.
  • Definition of Key Terms:
    • Veteran: “a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released therefrom under conditions other than dishonorable.” section 101 of title 38,23 United States Code (PDF)
    • Veterans with disabilities: “an individual who has served on active duty in the armed forces, has been separated therefrom under honorable conditions, and has established the present existence of a service-connected disability or is receiving compensation, disability retirement benefits, or pension because of a public statute administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs or a military department.” 5 USC Sec. 2108 Paragraph (2)
    • Veterans who are unemployed: “certified by the designated local agency as—(I) having been discharged or released from active duty in the Armed Forces at any time during the 5-year period ending on the hiring date, and (II) being in receipt of unemployment compensation under State or Federal law for not less than 4 weeks during the 1-year period ending on the hiring date.” SEC. 1221 (a) (14) (b) of H.R.1 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009:
    • Older veterans: age 65 or older, 2001 National Survey of Veterans (NSV): Final Report (PDF)
    • Veterans in rural communities: veterans who reside in communities NOT designated by the U.S. Census Bureau as urban (PDF)
    • Receiving services and assistance: could be a variety of different kinds of supports to help the veterans have a higher quality of life, but cannot simply be referrals to federal services; may be delivered by phone, e-mail, or in person; may be delivered individually or as a group.
  • How to Calculate Measure/Collect Data:
    • Unduplicated count of veterans receiving services or assistance from the AmeriCorps Program. Regardless of the number of times the veteran returns for services or the number of different services the veteran may receive from the AmeriCorps program, each veteran should be counted only once per contract year.
    • Requires a tracking system appropriate to the service. Sign-in sheet, database tracking system, etc.

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Measure V 2: Number of veterans engaged in service opportunities (other than mentoring economically disadvantaged students).

  • References/Authority:
    • SAA Indicator: (iv) The number of veterans engaged in service opportunities.
    • SAA Activity: (ii) Recruiting veterans, particularly returning veterans, into service opportunities, including opportunities that utilize their military experience.
  • Definition of Key Terms:
    • Veterans: See definition under Measure V1. Engaged in: Not simply enrolled or signed up to participate; program should set a minimum level at start of year for what “engaged in” means and then count based on that level. Service opportunities: Helping others through actions other than mentoring economically disadvantaged students; may be other veterans, people within the military community or external to it.
  • How to Calculate Measure/Collect Data:
    • Unduplicated count of veterans (who are either members or are recruited as volunteers) participating in service opportunities either directly sponsored by the AmeriCorps project or for which the AmeriCorps project acted as a direct connection between the veteran and the service opportunity. Regardless of how many times the veteran participates or in how many different service opportunities, each veteran should only be counted once. It is suggested that service hours be tracked as well.
    • Aligned outcome may focus on benefits to the veterans, benefits to the population they are serving, or both.
    • If an AmeriCorps-sponsored opportunity, veteran should sign in on a tracking sheet. If an opportunity to serve through another organization, a letter from the organization indicating the veteran’s level of service or a tracking sheet from that organization.
  • NOTE: There is another indicator specific to mentoring.

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Measure V 3: Number of veterans assisted in pursuing educational opportunities.

  • References/Authority:
    • SAA Indicator: (ii) The number of veterans who pursue educational opportunities.
    • SAA Activity: (iii) Assisting veterans in developing their educational opportunities (including opportunities for professional certification, licensure, or credentials), coordinating activities with and assisting State and local agencies administering veterans education benefits, and coordinating activities with and assisting entities administering veterans programs with internships and fellowships that could lead to employment in the private and public sectors.
  • Definition of Key Terms:
    • Veterans: See definition under Measure V1.
    • Assisted in: Does not include educational counseling or referrals; service must result in enrollment of veteran in an educational program.
    • Pursuing educational opportunities: Enrollment in GED, post-secondary programs, proprietary schools, certification programs (including on-line educational opportunities) as indicated in the GI Bill and at institutions approved by the Dept. of Veterans Affairs.
  • How to Calculate Measure/Collect Data:
    • Unduplicated count of veterans (beneficiaries of service, not members) enrolling in an approved educational program. It may be necessary to assist the same veteran more than once but each individual should be counted only once during the program year.
    • Proof of school enrollment and grantee service tracking documents.

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Measure V 4: Number of veterans assisted in receiving professional certification, licensure, or credentials.

  • References/Authority:
    • SAA Indicator: (iii) the number of veterans receiving professional certification, licensure, or credentials.
  • Definition of Key Terms:
    • Veterans: see definition under Measure V1.
    • Assisted in: Helping the veteran stay in school, earn passing grades, and achieve the certification, licensure, credentials, or degree.
    • Receiving professional certification, licensure, credentials: licensing board, degree granting authority, credentialing organization, etc. certifies that the veteran has successfully completed their educational program.
  • How to Calculate Measure/Collect Data:
    • Unduplicated count of veterans (beneficiaries of service, not members) successfully completing their educational program. A single veteran may complete more than one educational program during the year but each individual should be counted only once during the program year.
    • Official copy of educational attainment (transcript, diploma, etc.) and grantee service tracking documents.

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Measure V 5: Number of veterans engaged in mentoring relationships with economically disadvantaged students.

  • References/Authority:
    • SAA Indicator: (vi) the number of economically disadvantaged students engaged in mentoring relationships with veterans.
    • SAA Activity: (v) Assisting veterans in developing mentoring relationships with economically disadvantaged students.
  • Definition of Key Terms:
    • Veterans: see definition under Measure V1.
    • Mentors: adults who provide support to children or youth through either community based programs or school based programs: In school based programs, mentors provide support to children for at least one hour/once a week over nine months. In community based programs, mentors provide support to children for an average of four hours a month over a twelve month period.
    • Mentoring relationships: ideally one mentor per child, but could be small group with a ratio of no more than 1:3.
    • Economically disadvantaged students: eligible for free (at or below 130% of poverty) or reduced (between 130% to 185% of poverty) lunch; may or may not actually be accessing free/reduced lunch. See: Child Nutrition Programs: National School Lunch Program.
  • How to Calculate Measure/Collect Data:
    • Unduplicated count of veterans (who are either members or are recruited as volunteers) participating in the above defined activity that was either sponsored by this AmeriCorps program or directly facilitated by this AmeriCorps program.
    • Aligned outcome may focus on benefits to the veterans, benefits to the population they are serving, or both.
    • Sign-in sheet provided by AmeriCorps program.

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Measure V 6: Number of housing units developed, repaired, or otherwise made available for veterans.

  • References/Authority:
    • SAA Activity: (i) The number of housing units created for veterans.
  • Definition of Key Terms:
    • Veterans: See definition under Measure V1.
    • Housing unit: A single-family home (including a mobile home if permanently placed), an apartment, or a room in a group home for people with disabilities.
    • Developed: “Develop” means build new or substantially rehabilitate (the alterative to rehabilitation is that the unit was uninhabitable or soon would have become so). Involves replacing major systems such as the roof, the plumbing, the wiring, the foundation, or elevating the unit as required by a flood plain standard.
    • Repaired: “Repair” is a more modest level of physical work on the unit, such as weatherizing, painting, replacing appliances.
    • Can use dollar cut-off to distinguish “developed” from “repaired” (e.g., 30K/unit) or can distinguish by whether major systems are replaced. Dollar cut-off would require valuing volunteer labor, distinguishing between skilled trades and other workers.
    • Otherwise made available: Activities that make available through improved access a housing unit that is in the housing stock and likely to remain habitable.
  • How to Calculate Measure/Collect Data:
    • Unduplicated count of Housing Units developed, repaired, or otherwise made available as defined here for veterans. This count indicates that the work has been completed to make the units available but they may or may not have been occupied.
    • Inspection report, certificate of occupancy, or other verification from an external agency that the work was completed.

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Measure V 7: Number of military families receiving services and assistance.

  • References/Authority:
    • SAA Indicator: (v) The number of military families assisted by organizations while a family member is deployed and upon that family member’s return home.
    • SAA Activity: (i) Promoting community-based efforts to meet the unique needs of military families while a family member is deployed and upon that family member’s return.
  • Definition of Key Terms:
    • Active Duty Military Member: The term ‘‘active duty’’ means—(A) full-time duty in the Armed Forces, other than active duty for training; (B) full-time duty (other than for training purposes) as a commissioned officer of the Regular or Reserve Corps of the Public Health Service (i) on or after July 29, 1945, or (ii) before that date under circumstances affording entitlement to ‘‘full military benefits’’ or (iii) at any time, for the purposes of chapter 13 of this title; (C) full-time duty as a commissioned officer of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or its predecessor organization the Coast and Geodetic Survey (i) on or after July 29, 1945, or (ii) before that date (I) while on transfer to one of the Armed Forces, or (II) while, in time of war or national emergency declared by the President, assigned to duty on a project for one of the Armed Forces in an area determined by the Secretary of Defense to be of immediate military hazard, or (III) in the Philippine Islands on December 7, 1941, and continuously in such islands thereafter, or (iii) at any time, for the purposes of chapter 13 of this title; (D) service as a cadet at the United States Military, Air Force, or Coast Guard Academy, or as a midshipman at the United States Naval Academy; and (E) authorized travel to or from such duty or service. 7CH. 1—GENERAL Sec. 101, Title 38, United States Code - Veteran's Benefits (PDF)
    • Military family: Related by blood, marriage, or adoption to a current member of the U.S. armed forces including one who was deceased within the previous year.
  • How to Calculate Measure/Collect Data:
    • Count is based on the member of the family who is an Active Duty Military Member. Services may be provided to the family as a group or to individual members but if they are all part of the same military family then the count is “1”. Services may include referrals to federally supported military services but cannot be exclusively referrals/education about those services. Services may be provided in person, on the phone, or by email.
    • Requires a tracking system appropriate to the service. Sign-in sheet, database tracking system, etc.

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