Short Course by prof. Jean Rhodes

Short-course on programme evaluation and monitoring, lead by prof. dr. Jean Rhodes
Date: 10 / 11 May 2017
Location: Julianalaan 97 and Turfmarkt 11, Leeuwarden, NL

On 10th and 11th May, a Short Course is offered to practitioners and researchers. This Short Course is lead by prof. Jean Rhodes and includes best practices from different mentoring programmes and research in Europe. Co-leaders of the Short Course are mr. Marty Martinez, president and CEO of Mass Mentoring Partnership, US and dr. Elizabeth Raposa, assistant professor of William and Mary College, US.
The event is organized by the European Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring in collaboration with KiPa Berlin, DE (Netzwerk Berliner Kinderpatenschaften).

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Topics of the Short Course

The Short Course will cover three major areas of interest to researchers and practitioners in the field of youth mentoring:

1. Latest research
Researchers at the Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring have recently completed several major studies, including a meta-analysis that have direct implications for improving mentoring service and advancing research agendas in Europe. The short course will provide interesting, accessible overviews of the latest findings from these and other important new research.

2. Elements of effective practice
The recently-released “Elements of Effective Practice,” is a set of research- and safety-informed practices that can ensure that youth mentoring programs are as effective and safe as possible. As co-author of this set of guidelines, Professor Rhodes is well-positioned to discuss the rationale for each standard and benchmark and how programs can ensure that they are adhering to evidence-based practice. The short course will include examples and discussions of each practice in ways that expand it’s reach and implications to programs beyond the US.

3. Evaluation 101
Drawing on case studies from Europe and the US, Rhodes will discuss the various approaches to program evaluation and strategies that programs can use for simple and effective assessment. We will discuss the strengths, choices, and limitations of various evaluation designs, questionnaires and interview protocols that can be used, and how best accurately and effectively to communicate findings to various audiences.

Programme of the 10th May

08.30 Registration at the location of the first day: Friesland College, Julianalaan 97 in Leeuwarden, NL

09.00 Opening of the Short Course

09.10 Keynote prof. dr. Jean Rhodes – 'What have we learned from the latest research results?'

10.10 Coffee break

10.25 Keynote mr. Marty Martinez - 'Putting research into action'

11.00 Breakout session with reflections on evidence-based implementation led by mr. Martinez

12.15 Lunch break

13.00 Short tour of the school location, led by students (optional)

13.15 Thematic session prof. Elizabeth Raposa and prof. Jean Rhodes – overview of research on different approaches to mentoring

13.45 Presentation of the latest knowledge on different mentoring models: group mentoring, site-based mentoring and new models such as intentional mentoring

14.30 Coffee break

15.00 Session of best practices: Laer for Livet (DK), Big Brothers Big Sisters Russia (RU) and Connect2work (BE)

16:30 Summary of the first day

Programme of the 11th May

08.30 Registration at the location of the second day: De Kanselarij, Turfmarkt 11 in Leeuwarden, NL

09.00 Keynote 'Overview of evaluation' by prof. dr. Jean Rhodes and prof. Elizabeth Raposa - types of evaluation strategies and approaches.

09.30 Working sessions
- Basics of programme monitoring / evaluation for non-scientists (prof Raposa and mr Martinez)
- Evaluation tools to measure (prof. dr. Rhodes)
- Communicating findings to funders (mr Martinez)

10.30 Coffee break

11.00 Poster presentations of students and researchers

12.00 Lunch break

13.00 Thematic session 'Overview of different populations and how to tailor a programme to a population?' by prof. dr. Rhodes and prof. Rapoza

13:45 Breakout sessions:
- Immigrant youth and mentoring
- Trauma-informed care and mentoring
- Workforce readiness mentoring 

15:00 Summary of the Short Course

Location of the Short Course

We will use two different locations for the Short Course.
Location of the first day programme will be: Friesland College, Julianalaan 97 in Leeuwarden, NL.
Location of the second day programme will be: De Kanselarij, Turfmarkt 11 in Leeuwarden, NL


Are you looking for a hotel to stay in Leeuwarden? We have two recommendations for you:

Stenden Hotel is available for €90 per night incl. breakfast, there is still a limited amount of rooms available. For reservation you can send an email to .

WTC Hotel has a special offer of €95 incl breakfast for our visitors. For your reservation you can send an email to and mention the  booking code MENTOR.

More information and registration

For more information about the Short Course, you can contact Szilvia Simon of the European Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring.

Registration fee is 295 €.

To register to the event, you can send us an email with your name and the name of your organization. After registration, you will receive information from us about the payment through bank transfer.

Thank you and see you in May in Leeuwarden!