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    Alan Melchior '74, MA'07

    Alan Melchior is Associate Director and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Youth and Communities.  He brings over twenty years of experience in managing a wide variety of policy, evaluation, and technical assistance and training initiatives in the fields of youth, education, and workforce development.

    Since 1992, much of his work has focused on the evaluation of service-learning and community service-related initiatives.  Major projects include the national evaluations of the Serve-America and Learn and Serve America programs for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS); studies of the institutionalization of service-learning for the CNCS and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation; and evaluations of national and regional service-learning programs, including the Earth Force and KIDS Consortium programs. Melchior led development of a new program and reporting system for the Corporation for National and Community Services’ Learn and Serve America program and direction of a three-year, 50-site, regional service-learning evaluation for the Massachusetts, Maine, and Rhode Island Departments of Education. 

    In addition to his work on service-learning, Melchior’s work includes evaluations of a variety of youth, education, and community development initiatives.  Projects include the evaluations of a national middle and high school robotics competition and a national college access initiative.  Other projects have included evaluations of workforce development and school-to-career programs; comprehensive community partnership initiatives; and research on the use of technology in community-based organizations.  In his role as the Deputy Director at the Center for Youth and Communities, he also oversees approximately $2 million in research projects on an annual basis.

    Prior to joining the Center, Melchior worked as a special assistant to the Associate Secretary for Economic Affairs in Massachusetts at the state's Office of Training and Employment Policy, where he was actively involved in developing the state’s early JTPA policies and programs.  Melchior also worked at the Boston Private Industry Council, where he conducted a study of public-private partnerships for the Massachusetts Governor's Task Force on Private Sector Initiatives.

    Melchior is a regular presenter at national and regional service-learning conferences and policy workshops and regularly serves as an advisor on evaluation initiatives.  Publications include articles on the impacts of service-learning programs on civic attitudes; on the costs and benefits of service-learning; and on practical issues in conducting large-scale, multi-site research and evaluation.  Melchior has also authored numerous practitioner guides on youth employment and education programs.


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    Awards and Honors
        * Learn and Serve America Founders Award (2005)

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