NMRC Webinars on Effective Strategies for Research and Evaluation in Mentoring

The National Mentoring Resource Center, a project of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, is pleased to announce a pair of new webinars intended to improve the collaboration between youth mentoring programs and evaluators and researchers. These two events give researchers tips and strategies for more effectively studying youth mentoring relationships and program outcomes, while also providing program leaders with key considerations and concepts for working in partnership with evaluators who can help tell the story of a program’s success. Details for each event are listed below.

Planning Meaningful Evaluations and Research Projects in Youth Mentoring

April 6th at 1:00 Eastern

Link to register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5769737133529584641

Presenters:

  • Michael Karcher – UT-San Antonio
  • Gabe Kuperminc – Georgia State University
  • Michael Garringer – MENTOR (facilitator)

This webinar focuses on how evaluators and researchers can partner effectively with mentoring programs to design projects that maximize value to program stakeholders while facilitating high-quality data collection and analysis. Presenters will share tips to promote researcher-practitioner collaboration and lessons learned related to:

  • Organizational readiness for evaluation across the program lifespan
  • Bridging the worlds of research and practice in evaluation planning
    • Balancing the expectations of program leaders and evaluators
    • The importance of measuring implementation fidelity
    • Agreeing on measurement tools and data collection protocols
    • Planning for participant attrition and other data collection challenges

Whether you are an experienced researcher new to youth mentoring contexts, or a program thinking about improving the quality of your evaluation efforts this event will offer key lessons learned and strategies from several of the leading researchers in the mentoring field.


Key Methodological Considerations for Understanding Mentoring Relationships and Outcomes

April 20th at 1:00 Eastern

Link to register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3919962751424476417

Presenters:

  • Michael Karcher – UT-San Antonio
  • Sam McQuillin – University of South Carolina
  • Nancy Deutsch – University of Virginia
  • Michael Garringer – MENTOR (facilitator)

This webinar reviews several important methodological considerations for evaluating mentoring program operations and outcomes, including strategies that can help researchers and program staff uncover what’s working (and not) with their matches and tell a nuanced story about how their program achieves its impact. Topics covered include:

  • The importance of opening the “black box” of the mentoring relationship itself
  • Understanding program processes by evaluating specific practices
  • Mixed methods approaches to telling a more complete story of program success

This webinar will provide valuable guidance to any evaluator, researcher, or program leader on the subtle things to look for that define and explain the “magic” of mentoring relationships and programs.

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