Mentoring Surveys

Mentoring Surveys that Measure Match Quality

Relationship quality is key to matches that last. To measure it, John Harris and Michael Nakkula created the Match Characteristics Questionnaire (MCQ) and the Youth Mentoring Survey (YMS). These  complementary mentor and mentee surveys assess key characteristics of match quality, match structure, and external factors that influence a match. The YMS and the MCQ can help show how programmatic efforts influence participants' experience and how match characteristics promote mentee outcomes. They also can augment or replace existing match supervision tools. If you would like to use them, please fill out a survey request form and you will be directed to a page with everything you need to administer and score the surveys.

 
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"...a truly ground-breaking contribution to the field of youth mentoring."

Dr. David DuBois,
Co-Editor, Handbook of Youth Mentoring

 

Comprehensive and Useful Tools

The Match Characteristics Questionnaire (MCQ) and the Youth Mentoring Survey (YMS) are the most comprehensive match quality surveys with published validity evidence. Both measure relationship quality and match structure. The MCQ also measures the influence of external factors on the match. These currently are the only surveys that measure structure or external factors in association with quality.

 

"Using these instruments, program staff can begin to understand better which match, mentor, and mentee characteristics make for the longest and strongest matches."

Dr. Michael Karcher,
Co-Editor, Handbook of Youth Mentoring

Because they can be integrated into existing match supervision activities, the MCQ and the YMS can efficiently collect data for use by both practitioners and evaluators. They can provide consistency and structure that helps new staff get to know their matches thoroughly, and they can help experienced staff catch small problems before they become severe.

 

Both surveys are supported by strong validity evidence. Each correlates strongly with other measures of match characteristics (e.g., Mentor/Mentee Mattering Surveys) and intuitively reflect differences associated with mentoring models and individual participants. They also have been found to predict shifts in academic performance and length of match.

Match Characteristics Questionnaire (MCQ)

The quality of mentoring relationships can determine how long they will last and how much children will benefit from them. The Match Characteristics Questionnaire (MCQ) is regarded as one of the strongest tools available to measure match quality from the adult's perspective.  It has strong evidence of validity and reliability.
(Likert and short answer questions; adults; about 20 minutes)
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Learn more about what the MCQ measures

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Download a description of the MCQ

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Download a sample of the MCQ

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Download an entry template

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Request permission to use the survey and obtain materials

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Youth Mentoring Survey (YMS)

The Youth Mentoring Survey (YMS) is the youth-response companion to the MCQ.  The YMS is regarded as one of the strongest tools available to measure match quality from the youth's perspective.  It has strong evidence of validity and reliability among students 3rd grade and older.
(Likert and short answer questions; 3rd-12th graders; 10-15 minutes)
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Learn more about what the YMS measures

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Download a description of the YMS

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Download a sample of the YMS

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Download an administration guide for the YMS

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Request permission to use the survey and obtain materials

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Surveys for Younger and Older Mentees

ARC is adapting the YMS for use with younger students (K-3rd grade) and with college students. These instruments are still being refined. While preliminary indications are that they are useful tools, they are not yet supported by strong validity evidence. If you are interested in the adapted versions please contact ARC directly. (The MCQ may be used with mentors matched with any age mentee.)

 

Request Permission and Receive Materials

If you would like to use the MCQ or the YMS, please fill out the survey request form. You will automatically receive everything you need to administer and score the surveys.

 

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