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NCJ Number: 251099 Find in a Library
Title: Lessons Learned and Implications From a Cross-Site Evaluation of Mentoring With System-Involved Youth
Author(s): Martha Hart-Johns; Matthew Courser; Hilary Kirk
Corporate Author: Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation
United States of America
Date Published: August 2017
Page Count: 26
Sponsoring Agency: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation
Beltsville, MD 20705-3102
Grant Number: 2006-JU-FX-0002
Sale Source: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
US Dept of Justice
810 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Description; Program/Project Evaluation; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Study/Research); Research (Applied/Empirical); Youth-Oriented Material
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This bulletin draws on recent experience in evaluating four projects that received federal grants under the Mentoring Initiative for System-involved Youth (MISY).
Abstract: The bulletin first discusses the various interpretations of mentoring as a construct, including some of the newer theoretical constructs that may assist in analyzing the differences among programs. It then discusses the types of mentoring performed in the four MISY projects studied. The challenges of evaluating new or evolving mentoring programs conducted by small, nonprofit agencies are discussed, along with challenges in implementing rigorous quasi-experimental evaluation designs within evolving human services settings. Also discussed are the practical challenges of data collection at under-staffed or under-funded programs, along with difficulties associated with the use of self-report instruments with youth who have trust issues. The evaluation findings that show promising outcomes and practices are highlighted, with a focus on the assessment of the strength and quality of matches. The overall conclusion of the cross-site evaluation is that mentoring can benefit many youths and mentors in a variety of programs; however, these effects are not always measurable, no matter how strong the program. The long-term influence on the youths’ lives and how they may relate to youth when they are adults requires further study based on structured interviews and examination of records, using longitudinal study where feasible. 18 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile Mentoring Programs
Index Term(s): Informal probation; Juvenile probation; Juvenile program evaluation; Mentoring; Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP); OJJDP final report; Services effectiveness
Note: Please see NCJ 251087 for related information.
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