The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation worked with Keswick Advisors to perform an annual, independent evaluation of the national Badges for Baseball program in 2009, 2010, and 2011. Keswick Advisors was founded by Dr. Jeffrey L. Sedgwick, former professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and former Assistant Attorney General of the United States.
Each year, a random stratified sampling of all Badges for Baseball program sites was conducted. We trained staff members on evaluation implementation at each of the selected sites to ensure data integrity and retain program participation. Collectively, 7,141 youth were evaluated by a parent, teacher/mentor, and a local law enforcement officer. Using the data, Keswick Advisors evaluated changes in the behavior of youth who participated in the Badges for Baseball program.
The results speak for themselves:
- More than eight of ten adults observed participants living a healthier lifestyle.
- More than four of five adults noticed participants working harder as a result of program participation.
- Three quarters or more of adults observed participants as behaving more responsibly and better able to give good reasons for their actions.
- Seven of ten adults or more noticed participants setting short-term goals for themselves, demonstrating a willingness and ability to plan for the future.
- Seven of ten adults or more indicated that participants were hanging out with a more positive group of friends.
- Over seven of ten parents, eight of ten teacher/mentors, and nine of ten law enforcement officers reported that participants as more comfortable interacting with officers.
The Foundation is committed to vigorously evaluating our impact on youth and communities through various methods and continuing to share the results.