Many, if not all, of the programs we serve ask themselves the same two questions all the time:
– “Is my program making a impact?” and;
– “Are the tools I’m using to measure this impact effective and valid?”
To help programs answer this question, The National Mentoring Resource Center just launched a brand new Toolkit for mentoring programs, called aptly, the Measurement Guidance Toolkit for Mentoring Programs. This toolkit provides, “recommended instruments for measuring key youth outcomes in mentoring programs as well as several risk and protective factors that may be relevant to program outcomes.” The toolkit assists mentoring programs in selecting and implementing instruments to measure a number of student outcomes.
We’re thrilled that the Education & Human Development Impact Suite can be used to collect and make sense of the information covered in the Toolkit.
To find out additional information and to explore these tools, you can access the toolkit here.
Also, just a little side note, the Toolkit is geared towards mentoring programs, but after taking a much closer look, these tools can be used in a wide variety of youth development and student success programs. It’s really user friendly and simple to use, so if you don’t necessarily run a “mentoring program,” you can still use some of these tools to measure your program’s impact.