Program Evaluation

“Black Box Thinking:” Drawing on disappointing findings to improve youth mentoring programs

by Jean Rhodes After a plane crash, investigators examine black box data to determine what went wrong and to make the necessary changes to protect against future incidents. Unfortunately,  that is not always the case in evaluations of prevention programs. In fact, we often find it easier to reframe and dismiss disappointing results than to […]

Curbing the impact of negative student-adult relationships: A conversation with Mike Garringer

By Julia Freeland Fisher, Christensen Institute  As many readers will know, most of my research over the past few years has focused on innovations that nurture relationships in students’ lives—including new approaches to shoring up student support networks and creative ways of expanding those networks to new corners of their communities and beyond.  As optimistic […]

Program evaluation is critical to determine whether children’s needs are adequately addressed

Axford, A., Bjornstad, G., Matthews, J., Whybra, L., Berry, V., Ukoumunne, O. C., Hobbs, T., Wrigley, Z., Brook, L., … & Warner, G. (2020). The effectiveness of a community-based mentoring program for children aged 5–11 years: Results from a randomized controlled trial. Prevention Science. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11121-020-01132-4 Summarized by Monica Arkin Notes of Interest: This randomized controlled […]

Looking for evaluation ideas? NMRC has developed a Measurement Toolkit for mentoring programs

Written by Justin Preston Evaluation: It has its own section in the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring (EEPM). Funding organizations often require their recipients conduct rigorous evaluations to measure the impacts of their programming. It is a crtical aspect of many mentoring programs that can help to guide practice and institute a measure of accountability […]