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The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center summer day camp is an eight-week program for Kindergarten through 6th Grade youth that is partially funded through a grant provided by the Learning Community of Douglas and Sarpy Counties (LCDSC). The Kroc Center contracted with the Consortium for Organizational Research and Evaluation (CORE) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha to conduct an external evaluation of the program.

The UNO evaluation is intended to supplement the planned internal evaluation of the program conducted by Kroc Center staff as well as those conducted by the Learning Community. This report documents the findings of the external evaluation of the summer camp program for the following areas in three sections: 1) an implementation and process study, 2) student, parent and instructor assessments and surveys and 3) analysis of performance-based and other program outcomes.

Each section briefly describes the research methods used to gather and analyze the collected information. The research findings and recommendations provided are intended to help improve the internal operation and performance of the camp in the future, as well as strengthening the Salvation Army Kroc Community Center’s external interactions with other institutions and the larger community.