Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $1,972,955)
Under the FY 2010 Group Mentoring Research and Evaluation Program, OJJDP seeks to expand what is known about nontraditional mentoring programs as a prevention and intervention strategy for juvenile delinquency. While group mentoring appears to be a promising intervention for disadvantaged youth, more evaluation work is required to identify the programs and program elements that best bring about desired changes in participating youth. OJJDP seeks to evaluate the effectiveness of select group mentoring programs supported by local Boys & Girls Clubs. This initiative is authorized by the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2010 (Pub. L. 111-117).
Grant Fundamentals, LLC, will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of three nontraditional group mentoring programs offered through the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). The goals of this evaluation are to measure the quality of implementation (process), assess the impact (outcome), and determine the costs and benefits of BGCA group mentoring projects. Key evaluation objectives are: (1) devise and implement a sampling system that provides a representative sample of eight BGCA locations implementing the three mentoring programs and eight comparison sites; (2) determine the fidelity of implementation of the three programs across an estimated 8 sites; (3) conduct a cost-benefit analysis; (4) determine the degree to which the programs contribute to improved student academic achievement by examining student grades; (5) determine the degree to which the programs contribute to improved student attitudes; (6) determine the degree to which the programs contribute to lower rates of juvenile delinquency through the examination of local juvenile crime statistics; (7) determine the relationship between fidelity of implementation and program outcomes. Grants Fundamentals, LLC, will provide semi-annual reports indicating progress towards reaching above objectives and a final evaluation report that summarizes the methodology and findings.