Evidence is only as good as what you do with it

By Mark Lipsey, William T. Grant Foundation

We are living in a time of unprecedented systematic research on the effectiveness of interventions that are intended to produce better outcomes. This level of effort is producing a substantial volume of intervention … Read the rest

Improving implementation research

By Barbara Goodson, William T. Grant Foundation

Over the past two decades, the education research and policy landscape has been shaped by the concept of using evidence to make policies or adopt practices. And not just any type of evidence, … Read the rest

Mentoring Children of Incarcerated Parents: State of the Research

Written by Matthew Hagler

Since 1970, the incarceration rate in the U.S. has quadrupled, resulting in more than 1 in every 100 U.S. adults being in jail or prison, the highest per capita rate in the world. Strikingly, … Read the rest

New research discusses a potential alternative mentoring intervention for youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Notes of Interest: This article provides preliminary support for a way to increase social competence and decreasing isolation and maladaptive social behaviors in students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The intervention being studied here addresses the current research on the Read the rest

How a positive youth development framework can inform mentoring interventions for young adults

Promising pilot test of the Healthy “Little” Lives Big Sisters Mentors Project

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA

Kaufman, Michelle R.(2010) ‘Testing of the Healthy “Little” Lives Project: A Training Program for Big
Sister Mentors’, American Journal of Sexuality Education, 5: 4, 305 — 327
American Journal of Read the rest

New study explores how personalities affect mentoring relationships

Telemachus_and_Mentor2By Limor Goldner

Goldner, L. (2015). Prote ge´s’ Personality Traits, Expectations, the Quality of the Mentoring Relationship and Adjustment: A Big Five Analysis, Child Youth Care Forum. Online 26 May.


Background   Community-based mentoring interventions can benefit high-risk youth.  However, … Read the rest

The New Science of Wise Psychological Interventions

owlBy Gregory M. Walton (Stanford University)

From the abstract

Citizens complete a survey the day before a major election; a change in the survey items’ grammatical structure increases turnout by 11 percentage points. People answer a single question; their romantic

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Adult-youth relationships: The critical ingredient across interventions

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summarized by Laura Yoviene

Li, J., & Julian, M. (2012). Developing relationships as the active ingredient: A unifying working hypothesis of “what works” across intervention settings.American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 82 (2), 157-166.


Much research and vast resources  … Read the rest

POLL: Does your program have a fully-developed theory of change?

Recently I’ve been thinking about a “disconnect” that I often see in the mentoring field: the difference between what programs say they can achieve through mentoring and what they actually do in practice. Now, most mentoring programs can obviously give … Read the rest