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To elevate mentees’ success, first evaluate yours.

Your day-to-day mentoring program practices can have tremendous positive (or negative) impact on the youth you serve. That’s why pinpointing exactly where your program excels — or falls short — is not only essential, it’s critical; for funding, for safety, for results.

Success starts with self-assessment.

EQUIP is a break-through evaluation system that first measures your program against the national standards of the EEPM. And then it provides an action plan to rebuild any areas that don’t meet those standards.

Here’s how EQUIP helps evaluate your program:

  • Measures your program quality against 40+ national benchmarks
  • Identifies exactly which practices are in — or out — of compliance
  • Innovative web-based tool is available anywhere, any time
  • Delivers a do-able action plan
  • Prioritizes recommendations by safety impact
  • Eliminates onsite visits to lower costs and increase efficiency
  • Systematic and repeatable — so you can track progress year to year

What you get from EQUIP evaluation:

  • Self-assessment report
  • External reviewer report
  • Quality Improvement plan

Systematic. Measurable. Actionable.

Whether you are developing a new program or fine-tuning a long-running one, EQUIP provides a fundamental, standards-based framework for delivering high quality mentoring.

Each step, procedure and tool in the evaluation process is supported by our expert mentoring consultants.

Meet all six standards.
In six steps.

To determine if your program is meeting all six standards, EQUIP’s comprehensive self-assessment tool walks you through a series of questions.  Trained external reviewers clarify and verify your results, and identify areas where your program should improve. Then, your expert team develops a detailed quality improvement plan to bring your program into alignment.

Two-tiered pricing for flexible affordability.

This robust measuring system first determines which standards your program meets, that’s Phase 1. Then we develop a plan of action to elevate any failing areas to the level of compliance, Phase 2. Here’s what to expect:

Phase 1

Price – $150

Step 1. EQUIP Training

Training consists of two online trainings for up to 30 mentoring program staff members.

Examples of topics covered in the training:

  • Foundation and research basis of the Third Edition of the EEPM
  • Benefits and challenges of engaging in a quality improvement process
  • How to prepare to complete a program self-assessment
  • Overview of the EQUIP life cycle
  • The structure and content of the EQUIP self-assessment tool
  • How to access and use the EQUIP web-based software tool

Step 2: Program Self-Assessment

Using EQUIP’s web-based software self-assessment tool, your trained program administrator answers questions about your specific program practices and provides supporting documentation. In this step, you’re able to describe your unique challenges for achieving or maintaining compliance with the standards. In fact, this is an opportunity to use the findings available in your Self-Assessment Report in your requests for resources from funders.

Step 3: External Review

Once the self-assessment is complete, we conduct an external review. EQUIP is designed for objectivity; separate individuals can independently, reliably, and consistently determine if your program is in compliance with each benchmark.

Phase 2

Price – $6000

Step 4: External Reviewer Report

The External Reviewer Report (ERR) is created following completion of the self-assessment and external review, and is presented to your Program Director for review and comment. During this step, your program may consult with the certified reviewer to collaborate on revisions to the final ERR report.

Step 5: Quality Improvement Consultation

Your in-depth Quality Improvement Plan starts with a full analysis of the results of your Self-Assessment and the External Reviewer Reports (from Phase One) by our expert technical assistance providers. Based on their analysis, they consult with your program to create your customized Quality Improvement Plan.

Step 6: Quality Improvement Plan (QIP)

Your customized plan includes:
  • Comprehensive, real-time presentation
  • Full written (QIP) report
  • Step-by-step prioritized action plan
  • Recommended resources for implementation

The QIP is organized in two important ways, so you can prioritize and invest in the areas that deliver the greatest return:

  1. Six EEPM Standards:
    • Recruitment
    • Screening
    • Training
    • Matching
    • Monitoring and Support
    • Closure
  2. Four Priority Areas: Benchmarks are regrouped into four practice categories prioritized for impact. This categorization system is unique to EQUIP.
    • Physical safety
    • Emotional safety
    • Research-based
    • Enhancements