VISTA Recruitment: A Survey of Recent Applicants

04/13/2011


This instrument was developed for the Analyses of VISTA Marketing and Recruitment Activities. This project was conducted by ACTION under interagency agreement #92-046-1032 for the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Disability, Aging and Long-Term Care Policy (DALTCP). For additional information about this project, visit the DALTCP home page at http://aspe.hhs.gov/_/office_specific/daltcp.cfm or contact the office at HHS/ASPE/DALTCP, Room 424E, H.H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20201. The e-mail address is: webmaster.DALTCP@hhs.gov. The Project Officer was Robert Clark


NOTE: This is a recreation of this form. See the PDF version for a scanned version of the actual form.

 

OMB #: 3001-0127
EXPIRES: 8/31/93

VISTA RECRUITMENT: A SURVEY OF RECENT APPLICANTS

 

This survey is part of a large research effort to help ACTION, the Federal domestic volunteer agency, better understand factors affecting VISTA recruitment. Please answer all the questions. Your answers are strictly confidential. All reporting will deal with summary data and contain no information that could identify you.

The information you furnish is voluntary. None of the information you provide will be used to evaluate your applciation for VISTA service.

You will note that a number appears in the bottom, right-hand corner on the back of the questionnaire. This number will be used to match your completed survey with your name on the sample roster. We are following this procedure for one reason only, to identify non-respondents, to whom follow-up letters will be sent.

If you wish to comment on any questions or qualify your answers, please use the space in the margins. We will read your comments and take them into account.

Thank you for applying to VISTA and for your help in completing our research.

Privacy Act Statement

This study is authorized under PL 101-204. While you are not required to respond, your answers are needed to make our reports comprehensive and accurate. Your responses will be kept confidential to the extent permissible under the law, and you will not be identified in any report resulting from this study. These questions should take about 20 minutes to complete.

Office of Policy Research and Evaluation
ACTION
Washington, DC 20535

 

Q-1. How have you acquainted yourself with the VISTA program? Read through the following list and circle the number in front of every item that identifies a way you have learned about VISTA. (Circle all that apply)

NEWSPAPERS AND MAGAZINES: In which publication(s) have you seen information on VISTA?  
1   CAMPUS NEWSPAPER
2   LOCAL NEWSPAPER
3   NEWSPAPER
4   PEOPLE
5   TIME
6   U. THE NATIONAL COLLEGE NEWSPAPER  
7   U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT
8   CAMPUS OUTREACH NEWSLETTER
9   OTHER: _________________________

 

ELECTRONIC MEDIA: What have you seen or heard about VISTA?  
10   RADIO ADVERTISEMENT
11   RADIO NEWS REPORT
12   TELEVISION ADVERTISEMENT  
13   TELEVISION NEWS REPORT
14   VIDEO TAPE
15   OTHER: _________________________

 

VISTA POSTERS: Where have you seen posters located?  
16   STUDENT UNION
17   DORM AREA
18   CLASS AREA
19   BULLETIN BOARD ON CAMPUS
20   RECRUITMENT OFFICE
21   PLACEMENT OFFICE
22   VOLUNTEER OFFICE
23   CAMPUS MINISTRY
24   FINANCIAL AID OFFICE
25   AGENCY WHERE YOU PLAN TO VOLUNTEER  
26   ACTION OFFICE
27   OTHER: _________________________

 

PERSON-TO-PERSON: Who has talked with your about VISTA?  
28   VISTA RECRUITER
29   AGENCY WHERE YOU PLAN TO VOLUNTEER  
30   FRIEND
31   FAMILY MEMBER
32   PLACEMENT OFFICER
33   CAMPUS MINISTER
34   FINANCIAL AID OFFICE
35   FACULTY ADVISOR
36   OTHER FACULTY, NOT ADVISOR
37   FORMER VISTA VOLUNTEER
38   CURRENT VISTA VOLUNTEER
39   OTHER: _________________________

 

BROCHURES ABOUT VISTA: Where have you obtained brochures?  
40   STUDENT UNION
41   DORM AREA
42   CLASS AREA
43   BULLETIN BOARD ON CAMPUS
44   RECRUITMENT OFFICE
45   PLACEMENT OFFICE
46   VOLUNTEER OFFICE
47   FINANCIAL AID OFFICE
48   CAMPUS MINISTRY
49   AGENCY WHERE YOU PLAN TO VOLUNTEER  
50   ACTION OFFICE
51   OTHER: _________________________

Q-2. Can you remember how you first learned about VISTA? (Circle one answer)

1   NO
2   YES  

Q-2A. Identify from the above list how you first learned about VISTA and write its number in this box

CODE NUMBER FOR FIRST SOURCE OF INFORMATION ABOUT VISTA     

Q-3. We want to know which sources had the most influence on your decision to apply to VISTA. Who or what was most, second, and third influential in your decision to apply to VISTA? (Put the appropriate number from the above list in each box)

   MOST INFLUENTIAL SOURCE OF INFORMATION ABOUT VISTA  
   SECOND MOST INFLUENTIAL SOURCE OF INFORMATION
   THIRD MOST INFLUENTIAL SOURCE OF INFORMATION

Q-4. When did you first learn about VISTA? (Circle one)

1   BEFORE SEPTEMBER, 1991
2   BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 1991 AND NOW  
3   DON'T REMEMBER WHEN

Q-4A. When did you apply to VISTA? _____/_____ MONTH AND YEAR

Q-5. Do you remember the message, or any part of the message, you first saw or heard about VISTA? (Circle one)

1   NO (GO TO Q-6)
2   YES (GO TO Q-5A)  

Q-5A. When you first learned about VISTA. What was the primary message you read or heard? (Write in the space below a word-for-word or paraphrased recollection of what you heard)

MESSAGE FIRST SEEN OR HEARD ABOUT VISTA:
 

Q-5B. Do you remember anything you particularly liked or disliked about the information you first received about VISTA? Its clarity, message, theme, layout?

1   YES (GO TO Q-5C)  
2   NO (GO TO Q-6)

Q-5C. What was it? (Record your answer in the space below)

LIKES AND/OR DISLIKES:
 

Q-6. After first learning about VISTA, did you ask for any additional, written information on the VISTA program? (Circle one)

1   NO (GO TO Q-7)
2   YES, I ASKED FOR MORE INFO ON VISTA  

Q-6A. (If yes) How did you make your request for more information? (Circle all that apply)

1   BY CALLING A TOLL-FREE VISTA NUMBER
2   BY CALLING AN ACTION STATE OFFICE
3   BY MAILING AN AD COUPON, TEAR CARD, OR POST CARD TO VISTA  
4   BY MAILING A PERSONAL LETTER
5   BY DIRECT, IN-PERSON REQUEST
6   OTHER: _________________________

Q-6B. Who did you ask for more information and did they provide the information? (Circle all that apply in each column)

  Who did you ask?     Who Sent the Info?     
1   1   AGENCY WHERE I PLAN TO VOLUNTEER  
2   2   ACTION/VISTA STATE OFFICE
3   3   ACTION/VISTA IN WASHINGTON, DC
4   4   VISTA RECRUITER
5   5   OTHER: _________________________
6   6   DON'T KNOW

Q-6C. What did you receive in response to your request for more information? (Circle all that apply)

1   "BUILDING A COMMUNITY ONE BLOCK AT A TIME" -- THE ONE PAGE FOLDOUT BROCHURE WITH ILLUNTRATIONS
2   "BUILDING A COMMUNITY ONE BLOCK AT A TIME" -- BROCHURE WITH PHOTO ON COVER AND 12 LOOSE INFORMATION SHEETS ENCLOSED  
3   "SHAPE A COMMUNITY, SHARE A VISION" -- BLUE AND WHITE, SINGLE SHEET FLYER, FOLDS OUT TO FOUR PANELS
4   "SHAPE A COMMUNITY, SHARE A VISION" -- 12-PAGE BOOKLET
5   "SERVE IN THE USA . . . ADVENTURE BEGINS AT HOME" -- WITH INSERT CARDS ON DIFFERENT VISTA TOPICS
6   OTHER: _________________________

Q-6D. Did you read the VISTA literaure? (Circle one)

1   NO (GO TO Q-7)
2   YES (GO TO Q-6E)  

Q-6E. (If yes) Did the information in the literature answer your questions about VISTA? (Circle one)

1   NO, ANSWERED NONE OF MY QUESTIONS
2   YES, ANSWERED SOME OF MY QUESTIONS  
3   YES, ANSWERED MOST OF MY QUESTIONS
4   YES, ANSWERED ALL OF MY QUESTIONS

Q-6F. Do you remember anything you particularly liked or disliked about the information you received from VISTA? Its clarity, message, theme, layout?

1   YES (GO TO Q-6G)  
2   NO (GO TO Q-7)

Q-6G. What was it? (Record your answer in the space below)

LIKES AND/OR DISLIKES:
 

Q-7. What reasons or information convinced you to apply to VISTA? (Circle all that apply)

1   THE SPECIFIC VOLUNTEER ASSIGNMENT OFFERED TO ME  
2   THE FINANCIAL BENEFITS
3   THE HELP VISTA WOULD GIVE MY CAREER
4   THE OPPORTUNITY TO HELP OTHERS
5   MY INTEREST IN VOLUNTEERING
6   PERSONAL, PRIVATE REASONS
7   HEALTH BENEFITS
8   OTHER: _________________________

We are now going to list some facts about VISTA. After each one, please tell us whether or not your already knew that about VISTA.

Q-8. Did you know that volunteers receive a stipend of about $7,000 per year? (Circle your answer)

1   YES  
2   NO

Q-9. Did you know that volunteers only need to make a one-year commitment to VISTA? (Circle your answer)

1   YES  
2   NO

Q-10. Did you know that volunteer opportunities are with local sponsors, not national ones? (Circle your answer)

1   YES  
2   NO

Q-11. Did you know that volunteer opportunities exist throughout the country? (Circle your answer)

1   YES  
2   NO

Q-12. Did you know that serving as a VISTA Volunteer would allow you to defer payment on some student loans? (Circle your answer)

1   YES  
2   NO

Q-13. Did you know that volunteers receive training for their assignment? (Circle your answer)

1   YES  
2   NO

Q-14. Did a VISTA recruiter visit your campus in the last six months? (Circle one)

1   DON'T KNOW (GO TO Q-15)  
2   NO (GO TO Q-15)
3   YES (GO TO Q-14A)

Q-14A. (If yes) Did you talk with the VISTA recruiter? (Circle one)

1   NO (GO TO Q-15)
2   YES (GO TO Q-14B)  

Q-14B. (If yes) Did the VISTA recruiter answer your questions about VISTA?

1   NO, ANSWERED NONE OF MY QUESTIONS
2   YES, ANSWERED SOME OF MY QUESTIONS  
3   YES, ANSWERED MOST OF MY QUESTIONS
4   YES, ANSWERED ALL OF MY QUESTIONS

Q-15. Have you been notified by VISTA that they have approved your application to become a VISTA Volunteer?

1   NO (GO TO Q-16)
2   YES (GO TO Q-15A)  

Q-15A. (If yes) Are you currently serving as a VISTA Volunteer?

1   NO
2   YES  

Q-16. Did you apply to any other organizations offering full-time, volunteer or community service opportunities? (Circle one)

1   NO (GO TO Q-17)
2   YES (GO TO Q-16A)  

Q-16A. (If yes) Which organizations did you apply to? (Circle all that apply)

1   CHRISTIAN SERVICE CORPS
2   COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS
3   HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
4   HEIFER PROJECT INTERNATIONAL
5   JESUIT VOLUNTEER CORPS
6   MENNONITE VOLUNTARY SERVICE  
7   OPERATION CROSS ROADS AFRICA
8   PARTNERS OF THE AMERICAS
9   PEACE CORPS
10   TEACH FOR AMERICA
11   YMCA OF THE USA
12   OTHER: _________________________
BACKGROUND

We would like to know a little more about those applicants to VISTA responding to our survey. Your answers to the following questions will help us better recruit a variety of persons to VISTA.

Q-17. What is your race? (Circle one)

1   AMERICAN INDIAN OR ALASKAN NATIVE  
2   ASIAN OR PACIFIC ISLANDER
3   BLACK
4   WHITE

Q-18. Are you of Hispanic origin? (Circle one)

1   YES  
2   NO

Q-19. What is your sex? (Circle one)

1   FEMALE  
2   MALE

Q-20. How old are you? _____ YEARS

Q-21. What college or university do you (or did you most recently) attend? _________________________ NAME OF INSTITUTION

Q-22. What is (or was) your major? _________________________ MAJOR

Q-23. Were you a college graduate at the time you submitted your application to VISTA?

1   YES  
2   NO

Q-23A. What was your class status at the time your applied to VISTA? (Circle one)

1   JUNIOR  
2   SENIOR

Q-24. In what year did (or will) you graduate from college? _____ YEAR OF GRADUATION

Q-25. In an average week during the past school year, how many hours did you spend volunteering for a non-profit organization? This could have been either on your own, through a campus organization or through a national program? _____ NUMBER OF HOURS PER WEEK

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about the factors that influenced your decision to apply to VISTA? If so, please use this space for that purpose.

Also, we would appreciate any comments you wish to make that you think may help us in future efforts to recruit recent college grauates to VISTA. You write them here or in a separate letter.

Thank you for complete this questionnaire. Please return the completed questionnaire in the stamped, addressed envelope provided for this purpose.

 


ANALYSES OF VISTA MARKETING AND RECRUITMENT ACTIVITIES REPORT AVAILABLE

ACTION's 1991-92 VISTA Marketing Campaign: An Analysis (January 1993)

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VISTA Recruitment: A Survey of Recent Applicants

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To obtain a printed copy of this report, send the full report title and your mailing information to:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Office of Disability, Aging and Long-Term Care Policy
Room 424E, H.H. Humphrey Building
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201
FAX:  202-401-7733
Email:  webmaster.DALTCP@hhs.gov


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