Three New Measures Added to the Measurement Guidance Toolkit

The NMRC is happy to announce that it has added three important new measures to its Measurement Guidance Toolkit, the online repository of validated and reliable measurement tools for youth mentoring programs.

The three new measures cover:

  • Opioid Misuse (added to the Problem Behavior domain) – This brief set of questions measures actual opioid use by youth, including the onset of use and the frequency and nature of that misuse.
  • Opioid Risk Exposure (added to the Risk and Protective Factors domain) – This instrument explores many conditions that research suggests may lead to opioid misuse, including the behavior of friends and family and the availability of opioids.
  • Goal-based Outcomes (added to the Social Emotional Learning domain) – This instrument will be of great use to mentoring programs where matches work on a wide variety of highly-personalized activities and goals. It allows each match to set a normed list of goals for the year (or other relevant time period) and track them over time, which can help tell a programwide story about how well youth are achieving key outcomes and goals they have set for themselves. This allows for better tracking of outcomes even in situations where youth and mentors are working on wildly different goals.

We feel that these additions will be of great interest to mentoring programs. Obviously, the opioid crisis is one that potentially impacts all mentoring programs, given the pervasiveness of that issue in modern America. Here we offer tools to help measure both use and risk for starting use. And the youth-centered goal measure will help programs tell a more accurate story of impact. Instead of assuming that all youth in a program are working toward the same exact goals, this allows each match to define success while allowing the program to share how effective mentors were in general in terms of helping youth achieve their idiosyncratic goals.

You can download these and many other ready-to-use tools in the full Toolkit.

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