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.

Welcome reception on the 9th May

We warmly invite you to the opening of the Short Course on the 9th of May in the evening. This reception offers you the chance to meet the delegates, expand your network and start the knowledge exchange.

Location: Stenden University Hotel lobby
Time: 19:00 - 20:30 o'clock

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), DUO for a JOB (BE) 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

Participating delegates of the Short Course

Big Brothers Big Sisters Rotterdam, NL
Danish Red Cross Youth, DK
DUO for a JOB, BE
Erasmus University Rotterdam, NL
Friesland College, NL
Inqubator Leeuwarden, NL
IVO / Erasmus MC, NL
King Baudouin Foundation, BE
KiPa Berlin, DE
KU Leuven Connect2work, BE
Laer For Livet, DK
Leadership Foundation CATALYSTS, NO
Mass Mentoring Partnership, US
Meerwaarde Welzijn, NL
Mentoria Social, ES
MentorProgramma Friesland, NL
Mentors of Rotterdam, NL
mitKids Aktivpatenschaften Hamburg, DE
NHL University of Applied Sciences, NL
People in Need, CZ
Pour la Solidarite – Mentor U, BE
Punt de Referencia, ES
ROC Midden Nederland, NL
School’s cool Amsterdam, NL
Scottish Mentoring Network, GB
Stenden University of Applied Sciences
UMass Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring, US
Universitat der Bunderwehr Munchen, DE
University Hospital Oslo, NO
University of Nicosia, CY
University of Padua Mentor-UP, IT
University of Roskilde, DK
University of Strathclyde, GB
William and Mary College, US

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

Please find below means of transport from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Leeuwarden, using Public Transport or traveling by car.
Travel by Public Transport: Via you can plan your travel from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Leeuwarden. The public transport agencies advise to double check for changes, 10 days before the arrival date and in the morning of the travel day. There is a direct (Intercity) train connection between Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and Leeuwarden.
Travel by Car: If you prefer to rent a car, we provide you with a small selection of Car Rentals at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. These are located at Schiphol Plaza, directly behind Arrivals 3:
· Avis, Telephone: +31 (0) 88 2847 620 ; Website:
· Budget; Telephone: +31 (0) 88 28 47 500 ; Website:
· Europcar; Telephone: +31 (0) 20 316 4190 ; Website:
Parking at Friesland College:
You can park your car at the parking area of Friesland College for free. 


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.

Pre-programme of the Short Course - optional

Are you planning to arrive earlier in Leeuwarden?
On Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th of May, there is an International Week organized by Stenden / NHL Universities of Applied Sciences. You are warmly invited to participate at this event, listen to keynotes and experience a workshop of your choice.

Special feature of the event is the contribution of prof. dr. Jean Rhodes - on Tuesday 9th May, 13:00 - 15:00 o'clock, at NHL University.
You can download the programme of the International week and register. Let us know if you have any questions.

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!