Programme evaluation and impact measurement

During the Short Course in June 2017, mentoring practitioners developed a new mindset on programme evaluation and a monitoring of results. Drawing on case studies from Europe and the US, prof Jean Rhodes, prof Elisabeth Raposa and mr Marty Martinez discussed the various approaches to programme evaluation and strategies that programmes can use for simple and effective assessment.

Prof Rhodes also shared a compendium of instruments that many mentoring researchers use.

Some advices:

@ Look for validated tools on internet, such as the Rozenberg measurement of self-esteem;

@ Use measurements of motivation and attitude towards school; an improved attitude towards school is a major indicator of growth and effectivity of a mentoring relationship; school attendance and school grades are also indicators of effectivity.

@ Closeness in a mentoring relationship and positive attitude towards school are the major indicators of growth and effectivity.

@ Monitor the process as well as the outcomes.
Examples of process idicators are the amount of matches, the types of activities, the duration of the matches, the quality of the training etc.
Outcome measurement focusses on the impact we create for the participants, on an immediate, midterm and shortterm basis. Learning outcomes, finding a job, skills, perception and mindset are all part of the possible measurements.