Our mentoring has a significant, positive impact on girls’ lives across a broad spectrum of developmental outcomes. We measure success of current Little Sisters with an evidenced-based tool designed by Jean Rhodes of UMass Boston's Donahue Institute; and we partner with researchers and experts to further knowledge and improve practice in the field of mentoring.These measurements are applied to our Community-Based Mentoring (CBM) program and our Site-Based Mentoring program (SBM).
What We Measure
Associated with peer relations and conduct which are linked to higher grades and graduation rates
Associated with improved school performance which is linked to improved grades
Associated with hope for a higher education or educational success which is linked to academic achievement, high school graduation, and college attendance.
Associated with actual grades which are linked to internalizing behaviors for girls, and high school graduation rates
ATTITUDES TOWARD RISKY BEHAVIORS
Associated with actual risky behaviors which are linked to negative outcomes later in life
SPECIAL ADULT (NON-PARENT)
Associated with improved school attendance, attitudes toward school and parent trust which are linked to improved grades and decreased delinquency.
Associated with positive parental relationships which are linked to decreased risky behavior and better school performance
We include maintenance of positive outcomes along with improvements in our overall measures which indicate that Little Sisters are developing resiliency against risk factors they may face in their lives. This tool processes YOS data using the Reliable Change Index to determine meaningful change in scores. Because the index incorporates a margin of error and can determine between “significant improvement” and “trending toward significant improvement” in girls’ positive outcomes, the data we report will provide a more statistically rigorous analysis.
According to this tool, the Youth Outcomes Survey, Little Sisters in our programs experience notable improvement developmental areas that include:
Additionally, a 2011 survey of former Little Sisters indicated that girls in our programs are more likely to graduate from high school, 96% of Little Sisters graduate; and enroll in post-secondary education, 90% of Little Sisters enroll in college.