Air Force morale, welfare, and recreation programs and services : contribution to airman and family resilience and readiness / Sarah O. Meadows, Stephanie Brooks Holliday, Wing Yi Chan, Stephani L. Wrabel, Margaret Tankard, Dana Schultz, Christopher M. Busque, Felix Knutson, Leslie Adrienne Payne, Laura L. Miller.

Meadows, Sarah O. (Sarah Opal), 1978- author.
Santa Monica, Calif. : RAND Corporation, [2019]
xxiv, 106 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
United States. Air Force -- Airmen.
United States. Air Force -- Operational readiness.
Air Force Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Program (U.S.)
Military morale -- United States.
Employee retention -- United States.
Airmen -- Services for -- United States.
Families of military personnel -- Services for -- United States.
Resilience (Personality trait) -- United States.
Air Force Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Program (U.S.)
United States. Air Force
Armed Forces -- Airmen.
Armed Forces -- Operational readiness.
Employee retention.
Families of military personnel -- Services for.
Military morale.
Resilience (Personality trait)
United States.
Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) programs and services are considered an integral part of resilient and ready Airmen and families. However, the Air Force currently lacks an evidence-informed evaluation framework for MWR programs, especially one that identifies short-term and intermediate outcomes that contribute to Airman and family resilience and readiness. A necessary first step in determining the possible impact of the MWR portfolio is to identify, and then assess, the contributions of each individual program or service. To understand the ways that MWR programs can contribute to resilience and readiness, the Air Force asked RAND researchers to develop an evidence-informed framework that links program and service activities to such outcomes and provides guidance on collecting and managing the data needed to measure those outcomes. To accomplish this, the authors developed a model of resilience and readiness building blocks-that is, precursors to overall resilience and readiness identified through a review of existing literature. They then used this model as the basis for comparing the building blocks and short-term and intermediate outcomes targeted by programs and services within the MWR portfolio. Together, these two efforts allow the Air Force to examine whether and how the MWR portfolio could be used to foster resilience and readiness across the total force. The report concludes with a discussion of next steps that the Air Force can take to move closer to evaluating the capabilities of the MWR portfolio with respect to enhancing Airman and family resilience and readiness.
"Prepared for the United States Air Force."
"The research reported here was ... conducted within the Manpower, Personnel, and Training Program of RAND Project AIR FORCE"--Preface (page iii).
Includes bibliographical references (pages 81-106).
See also RAND/RR-2670/1-AF.
Holliday, Stephanie Brooks.
Chan, Wing.
Wrabel, Stephani.
Tankard, Margaret E.
Schultz, Dana J.
Busque, Christopher M.
Knutson, Felix.
Payne, Leslie.
Miller, Laura L., 1967-
Project Air Force (U.S.). Manpower, Personnel, and Training Program.
Rand Corporation.
United States. Air Force.
Publisher Number:
10.7249/RR2670 doi
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