Research Corner

The Basics of Structural Equation Modeling
By February 3, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

The Basics of Structural Equation Modeling

A Structural Equation Model (SEM) is a quantitative statistical analysis that examines causal relations between variables or between items. The nature of the relations is determined by theory or research design. There are two types of SEM models: 1) Measurement Model A measurement model investigates how certain survey questions (or scale items) tap into the […]

Methods Corner: Let’s talk about reliability and validity
By October 9, 2013 3 Comments Read More →

Methods Corner: Let’s talk about reliability and validity

by Adar Ben-Eliyahu, Ph.D. In evaluations of mentoring programs, we select questionnaires that we think measure various outcomes. So, for example, if we think that mentoring will improve self-esteem, we might give a questionnaire that asks mentees how good they feel about themselves. In contrast to something like height or speed, self-esteem can’t be seen. […]

What is connected learning?: Implications for mentoring
By September 25, 2013 1 Comments Read More →

What is connected learning?: Implications for mentoring

by Sarah Schwartz, Ph.D.,Postdoctoral Fellow, MacArthur Foundation, Connected Learning Research Network.  Connected learning is a framework developed to understand and support learning in current social, economic, technological, and cultural contexts (Ito et al., 2013). In a society where existing educational pathways no longer guarantee opportunity, and with a growing gap between the haves and the […]

Research Corner: Prevention, neurobiology, and children’s mental health
By August 12, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Research Corner: Prevention, neurobiology, and children’s mental health

By Jean Rhodes In a recent New York Times article, Benjamin Fong wrote about psychology’s embrace of cognitive neuroscience, and the debates that surround the merits of the new large, federal investment in the Brain Initiative. After running through the arguments on both sides, he made an important point that is often overlooked but which […]

Research Corner: Can I help you?

Research Corner: Can I help you?

by Renee Spencer Eli Finkell and Gráinne Fitzsimmons, two researchers who study interpersonal relationships, ran an Op-Ed called “When Helping Hurts” in this past Sunday’s New York Times. While they focused on helicopter parents — the ones who hover and have to be told that it is time to leave when dropping their children off at college […]

Using Infographics to Translate Evaluation Evidence: The 2013 BBBS Youth Outcomes Report

Using Infographics to Translate Evaluation Evidence: The 2013 BBBS Youth Outcomes Report

by Marc Wheeler & Salem Valentino, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America In these days of information overload it is especially important to find new ways to translate research and evaluation evidence for general audiences.   As many people in the mentoring community know, it’s often difficult to translate findings for the public while remaining true […]

Research Corner: Ethical Principles for Youth Mentoring
By January 26, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Research Corner: Ethical Principles for Youth Mentoring

By Jean Rhodes, Renee Spencer, & Belle Liang The research panel at the National Mentoring Summit in Washington DC was enriched by the 30 minute Q & A session with the more than 100 practitioners in the audience. Several of the questions touched on core ethical issues that sometimes arise in youth mentoring. Ethics have […]

The Mentor’s Field Guide: An essential reference for quality mentoring
By December 7, 2012 3 Comments Read More →

The Mentor’s Field Guide: An essential reference for quality mentoring

Book review by Jean Rhodes In their book, The Mentor’s Field Guide (MN: Search Institute), former MENTOR CEO Gail Manza and Founder of the Ct. Mentoring Partnership Susan Patrick have teamed up to produce an extremely useful resource for the field of youth mentoring. The book provides research-based, practically applicable information that is designed to develop […]

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Should mentors talk politics with their mentees
By September 28, 2012 4 Comments Read More →

Should mentors talk politics with their mentees

by Jean Rhodes, Ph.D. This week, the Forum delves into whether or not a mentor and youth should discuss politics. Discussing politics, religion, and world events can be difficult, especially when there are competing ideas about what is best for our country – ideas that are rooted in differing values, culture, and worldview. A good […]

A Much Needed Safety Net

A Much Needed Safety Net

Programs that serve our nation’s children strike deep emotional chords and often attract powerful constituents. Since many administrators and policy makers are working under the tacit assumption that youth development programs are universally beneficial to youth (an assumption that has been countered in the research literature), they often put their donations into launching new initiatives […]