The U.S. Library of Congress selected AIR to conduct a five-year scientifically-rigorous evaluation of ten mentoring enhancement demonstration projects funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). The goal is to assess whether strategic enhancements to the roles that mentors play will improve youth outcomes.
The project will examine OJJDP’s 2012 Mentoring Enhancement Demonstration Program (MEDP), which targets evidence-based enhancements that improve the effectiveness of mentoring and reduce juvenile delinquency.
AIR’s evaluation team will work with MEDP program sites to identify evidence that can shape the design and implementation of effective mentoring programs for youth at a national level. The evaluation will be a randomized-control trial that involves the analysis of data from surveys of youth, mentors, and parents. AIR will also provide training and technical assistance to the program sites to best prepare them for their participation in the evaluation.
AIR will partner with Thomas Keller (Portland State University), David Altschuler (Johns Hopkins University), independent consultant Carla Herrera (independent consultant, recently Senior Research Fellow for Public/Private Ventures), and independent consultant Janet Forbush (specialist in program development and evaluation of human services programs focusing on high-need youth populations).