Evidence-Based Practice & Mentoring


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Part of Quality in Action monthly webinar series hosted by Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota. November 2, 2011.

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Evidence-Based Practice & Mentoring

  1. 1. Quality in Action Evidence-Based Practice & Mentoring November 2, 2011 1
  2. 2. Webinar Logistics Asking Questions & Sharing Comments During the Webinar  “Raise your hand” & MPM Organizers will unmute you  Or, type questions and comments in the question section of the toolbar; MPM organizers will respond directly or share with all attendeesApril Riordan  When unmuted, please monitor yourDirector of Training & background noiseCommunityPartnerships Recordings of past webinars are available on our YouTube Channel. 2
  3. 3. Red Light, Green LightThe main obstacle is the negative perception held by somedrivers and elected officials. Transportation agencies also havelong been accustomed to installing traffic signals, and it can taketime for deeply rooted design practices to change. 3
  4. 4. Featured Panelist (248) 709-4488 www.WinningFuturesBooks.org www.WinningFutures.orgKristina MarshallPresident & CEOWinning Futures 4
  5. 5. Winning Futures Winning Futures overview Founded 1994 2007 first “outside” eval  Customized tools  Focus groups  Comparison group Findings 5
  6. 6. Meta-Analysis (DuBois et al., 2002)Program practices predictive of strongerpositive effects on youth outcomesProcedures for systematic Use of community settings formonitoring of program mentoringimplementationUsing mentors with backgrounds in Clearly established expectations forhelping roles or professions frequency of mentor-youth contactOngoing (post-match) training for Structured activities for mentorsmentors and youthSupport for parent involvement 6
  7. 7. Winning Futures Meta-analysis – what has WF incorporated How we choose what to do Create your “own” evidence vs. modeling around a “proven” model/process 7
  8. 8. New Meta-Analysis - (DuBois et al., 2002)Programs that Mentoring more effective for:engaged older peers  Male youth with moderateas mentors or used personal/ environmental risk and;group formats showcomparable levels of  Mentors who:effectiveness.  Have a background/ training that fits with program goals  Play an active, advocacy roleBenefits of mentoring  Are sensitive to socioeconomic &are apparent from cultural influencesearly childhood to  Have higher self-efficacyadolescence.  Hold positive attitudes toward youth 8
  9. 9. Winning Futures How will you use these findings? 9
  10. 10. Winning Futures How will you use these findings? 10
  11. 11. Evidence, Shmevidence 11
  12. 12. Evidence-Based Decision Making ProcessDefinition for youthmentoring field: The conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of both external research and internal program monitoring and evaluation data as well as other sources of knowledge to inform decisions about the design and ongoing improvement of mentoring programs and services for youth. (DuBois, Keller, & Wheeler, in preparation) 12
  13. 13. Elements of Effective PracticeSix evidence-based • Inherent limitations of researchstandards that for informing and stimulating effective practiceaddress mentoring • Addresses only a portion ofprogram operations: relevant questions 1) recruitment; • Rarely, if ever, at a level of specificity needed to be 2) screening; sufficient to fully guide practice 3) training; • Local context likely to moderate or condition many, if not all, 4) matching; findings or proposed „truths‟ 5) monitoring and • Non-research, local sources of evidence may be important for support; and facilitating adoption of 6) closure. innovations and fostering organizational learning culture 13
  14. 14. Winning Futures Interpret/incorporate EEP into your program 14
  15. 15. Winning Futures Mentor Michigan  Quality Mentor Standards  Universal outcomes measurement tool in progress 15
  16. 16. Top Ten List for the EBP-Minded Youth Mentoring ProfessionalSeek out and utilize all forms of Pay special attention to findings thatresearch that may inform the replicate across different studies andpractice of youth mentoring sources of evidenceCultivate collaborations with Infuse use of evidence in decision-researchers making into all areas of agency and operationDevelop and utilize internal andlocal sources of evidence Institute processes to cultivate use of evidence by program staffBe a critical consumer of all formsand sources of evidence Assign staff to EBPPay equal attention to evidence that Evaluate all decisions and proposedsupports or challenges existing solutionspractices 16
  17. 17. Conclusion "Mentoring is a strategic intervention that gives communities a way to multiply their support for young people. But, funders and policymakers need to understand that they will get the best return with programs that use evidence-based practices, such as mentor screening and training. And, if they do, mentoring can be a strong and positive investment in the future of Americas children.“ --David DuBois, MENTOR Minute 17
  18. 18. Resources Winning Futures Elements of Effective Practice 3rd Edition Research In Action #2 MRC Fact Sheet – Research and Practice: The Role of Evidence in the Youth Mentoring Field How Effective Are Mentoring Programs for Youth? A Systematic Assessment of the Evidence (new meta-analysis) 18
  19. 19. Resources MPM Training www.mpmn.org/traininginstitute This presentation & others www.slideshare.net/traininginstitute MPM Blog http://mentoringworks.wordpress.com/ 19
  20. 20. Next Quality In Action WebinarDecember 7 –The MentoringPartnership of Minnesota, inpartnership with Friends forYouth, Inc. and Mass Mentors,will share our "Top 12 for 2012" -a list of easy, practical tips thatwill help mentoring programsoptimize their social mediaefforts. Features: Sarah Kremer,Program Director at Friends forYouth, Inc. & Rich Greif, Directorof Marketing & Partnerships atMass Mentoring Partnership. 20