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Community Q&A Hour: Program Evaluation

August 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Take a lunch break on Thursday, August 5th and join us for a community Q&A with expert mentoring program evaluator, John Harris. This opportunity is free and open to any youth mentoring programs that have questions about how to get started with or enhance their program evaluation efforts. John will be available to answer questions like:

  • How do we know if we’re using the right evaluation tools and methods?
  • Would my program benefit from creating customized evaluation tools?
  • How can we use the data we collect to improve our program?
  • How can programs with limited capacity still conduct evaluation?
  • How do we know when we’re ready to work with an external evaluator?

Not sure what evaluation questions you have? It may be helpful to watch the recording of our July Community Coffee Hour, which featured evaluation ideas and strategies from MENTOR’s Director of Research & Evaluation.

To get the link to drop into this lunch hour session, register here.

About John Harris:

John Harris specializes in program evaluation and survey development with a particular focus on assessing match characteristics. He has worked as an independent consultant supporting mentoring programs since 2000. He joined the MENTOR Virginia team as a Technical Assistance Consultant in 2016. John is the lead author of the Match Characteristics Questionnaire (MCQ) and the Youth Mentoring Survey (YMS), which are recommended by the National Mentoring Resource Center (NMRC) and used around the world. His publications have focused on mentoring relationship quality and include peer-reviewed journal articles, toolkit contributions, and the chapters, “Assessing Mentoring Relationships,” in both editions of the Handbook of Youth Mentoring (DuBois & Karcher, Ed.s). In 2015, John partnered with the School Volunteer Program (now EdConnect) in Australia to develop an evaluation toolkit that won a National Social Impact award.


August 5
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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MENTOR Virginia