Expert Mentoring Consultation


Applied Research Consulting Specializes in Mentoring

We all know that effective mentoring can make a huge difference in children's lives. I founded Applied Research Consulting (ARC) almost 20 years ago to help individual programs become as effective as they can be. Through ARC, I offer mentoring programs expert, cost-effective consultation. Whatever mentoring model you implement, whatever population you serve, whatever budget you have to work with, I will help you provide the best possible mentoring.

Most of my work focuses on helping programs evaluate match quality and outcomes. I show programs what they are doing well and what they can improve. I do that by identifying the match dynamics that lead to the strongest matches and best outcomes. Essentially, I help programs do quality-control by showing them how to make their worst matches more like their best matches.

I have spent my career striving to understand how mentoring works. With Dr. Michael Nakkula, I created the most comprehensive surveys in the field to measure the characteristics that drive strong matches and positive outcomes. Mike and I wrote the chapters on assessing match quality in both editions of DuBois' and Karcher's outstanding Handbook of Youth Mentoring. I am an approved technical service provider for the National Mentoring Resource Center (NMRC).

I founded ARC to help bridge the gap between research and practice. Please email or call to let me know how I can do that for you.

--John Harris

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ARC offers a range of services to suit any budget:


Entry- to Mid-level Program Evaluation: ARC's least expensive services help programs measure and improve match quality.


University of Pennsylvania-Affiliated ResearchARC works with Dr. Michael Nakkula, of the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, for ARC's most rigorous research. Our combined expertise and resources offer outstanding insight and value.


Mentoring Surveys: The Match Characteristics Questionnaire (MCQ) and the Youth Mentoring Survey (YMS) are the most comprehensive match quality surveys available. They are among the NMRC's recommended tools.


Design & Development:  ARC helps mentoring programs make stronger matches that last longer. ARC partners with Kathleen Murphy, retired President and CEO of Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters, to provide outstanding program design and development support.


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