To benefit youth, mentoring relationships have to be
strong and lasting. With Dr.
Michael Nakkula, I have written the chapters in both editions of the
Youth Mentoring about how to assess match quality. To put that theory
into practice, Mike and I
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 surveys are recommended by the
National Mentoring Resource Center.
The YMS and the
MCQ can help show how programmatic efforts influence participants'
experience and how match characteristics promote mentee outcomes.
They also can enhance existing match supervision
tools. You can use them for free, whether you hire me or not. Simply fill
out a survey request
form and you will be directed to a page with everything you need to
administer and score the surveys.
Comprehensive and Useful Tools
Questionnaire (MCQ) and the Youth Mentoring Survey
comprehensive match quality surveys with published validity evidence.
Both offer nuanced measures of 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
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
Both surveys are supported by strong validity evidence. Each correlates
strongly with other measures of match characteristics (e.g., Mentor/Mentee
Mattering Surveys). They intuitively reflect differences associated with
mentoring models and individual participants. They also have been found
to predict shifts in mentee outcomes 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
(Likert and short answer questions; adults; about 20 minutes)
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
Surveys for Younger
and Older Mentees
ARC has adapted the YMS for use with
younger students (K-1st grade version, 2nd-3rd grade version). The
surveys also are available for and with college mentors and mentees. These
instruments have been piloted successfully and preliminary findings
suggest they are
are useful tools. However, they are not yet supported by validity evidence
as strong as the YMS for 4th graders and up or the MCQ for youth mentees. If you are interested in the adapted versions please
contact ARC directly.
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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