The following resources can help mentoring programs both to design good overall evaluations and to build strategies for ensuring that surveys are successful in measuring youth outcomes accurately.
- Summer Program Support Tool Kit: Volume 2 (Hartford Foundation) – A great set of tools/resources on evaluation (this set is designed for summer programs, but could be expanded to general mentoring programs).
- Project Evaluation Guide for Nonprofit Programs (Imagine Canada) – An evaluation guide for non-profits that includes details on several steps of the evaluation process (including budgeting).
- The Community Toolbox, Section 1: A Framework for Program Evaluation: A Gateway to Tools (Work Group for Community Health and Development) – A broad evaluation primer with links to several additional resources and tools.
- Evaluation Springboard (The EdVenture Group) – This website offers a great introduction to evaluation topics, particularly the “Labs” section, which offers a step-by-step process for designing a program-specific evaluation.
- Survey Fundamentals: A Guide to Designing and Implementing Surveys – A guide to designing and administering surveys.
- Tip Sheet on Question Wording (Harvard University Program on Survey Research) – A good list of tips on how question wording can impact survey results.
- Developing a Survey Instrument (Rutgers University, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station) – Lists several web resources for tip sheets on developing survey instruments.
- Youth-Friendly Evaluation Survey Design (Skills Pages) – Youth-friendly survey development tips.
- Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health: Measures Database – An online directory of measures related to child and youth mental health and program evaluation.
Logic Models and Theories of Change
- W.K. Kellogg Foundation Logic Model Development Guide – A timeless resource for designing and using a strong program logic model.
- Community Builder’s Approach to Theory of Change: A Practical Guide (The Aspen Institute Roundtable on Community Change) – Clear instructions and information for building comprehensive theories of change, with an emphasis on contexts and system conditions outside of a program’s services.