This Girls Group Mentoring Toolkit provides the tools, resources and support to create, implement, deliver and evaluate a quality group mentoring program for girls, ages 9-13, in your community. The Toolkit is intended to be used in a range of communities, and can be adapted to the unique values, needs, strengths and challenges that each community encompasses.
It is important to remember that evaluation activities should be girl-friendly and use mediums for data collection that will interest and reflect the girls participating in the program. It’s also important to consider literacy and language accessibility, so that evaluation measures accommodate different levels of literacy and language ability for all participants. Some programs may need to translate evaluation documents into other dominant languages, depending on the community.
Evaluation requires some upfront planning in order to be able to effectively track, record, analyze and report on what you have learned. Some evaluation activities may include:
It will be important to create some evaluation tools before you begin to implement your program plan. These can include: charts to record consistency of attendance; journals or logs to summarize and record what happens at each group mentoring session; participant feedback opportunities; and pre- and post-surveys. For instance, asking participants for their feedback at regular intervals can contribute to program improvement and help you track changes in participants over time. A sample participant evaluation form can be found in the Additional Resources of this section as an example of what kinds of questions could be asked in evaluation activities.