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Quality Assurance

Program Description

Mentoring is good, but quality mentoring is better. By committing to quality improvements, programs can nurture stronger, longer lasting, positive mentoring relationships. For mentoring, quality standards are aligned with research-based best practices for the field, the Elements of Effective Practice. MENTOR Virginia works with programs of all levels, from early stages of development to well established, to spotlight and improve quality in programs.

MENTOR Virginia works with programs to improve quality in the following ways:

Technical Assistance
National Quality Mentoring System

Technical Assistance
Want to improve the quality of specific aspects of your program? Our one-on-one program consultation, or “technical assistance,” provides guidance and resources for program staff on topics of their choice, ranging from establishing a recruitment plan to developing outcome measurements.

As an affiliate Mentoring Partnership of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR), MENTOR Virginia is proud to be a technical assistance provider for The National Mentoring Resource Center (NMRC), a project of The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and MENTOR. This youth mentoring resource is no-cost for programs and aims to strengthen mentoring quality and effectiveness.

National Quality Mentoring System
The goal of the National Quality Mentoring System (NQMS) is to provide mentoring programs with a system for assessing themselves against National Quality Mentoring Standards based on the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring, as well as opportunities to receive a quality designation and training and technical assistance to support improvements in quality.

The NQMS assessment is based heavily on the latest mentoring policies, practices, experiences, and research in the fourth edition of the Elements of Effective Practice, the foundational document produced by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership that serves as the gold standard for mentoring best practices. The result is a 92 item self-assessment tool that programs use to rate their current practice and identify areas of strength and areas for improvement. For each item, the program notes whether the best practice is being implemented or not and rates the implementation on a five-point scale.

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