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Partners & Links




Partners on Research Projects

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

CIMR researchers consult with BBBSA on a project developing and evaluating an enhanced model for school-based mentoring.

Friends of the Children-National Network

CIMR researchers are involved in a multi-site randomized controlled trial of this highly innovative program providing high needs children with support from paid, professional mentors from kindergarten through high school graduation.

Oregon Campus Compact

CIMR researchers are collaborating with the Oregon Campus Compact Retention Project to research and develop new models for effective program design and training for peer mentoring programs serving undergraduates. Find out more about college peer mentoring and  "Students Mentoring Students."

Organizational Collaborations and Affiliations

MENTOR/The National Mentoring Partnership

CIMR Researcher Thomas Keller serves on the Research & Policy Council and has authored an article as part of the Research in Action Series translating research for mentoring practitioners: Program Staff in Youth Mentoring Programs: Qualifications, Training, and Retention.

Partners Providing Information, Training, and Technical Assistance

Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring

Friends for Youth Mentoring Institute

Institute for Youth Success at Education Northwest


Key Resources from the Field

Youth Mentoring

How Effective Are Mentoring Programs for Youth? A Systematic Assessment of the Evidence (2011), by David L. DuBois, Nelson Portillo, Jean E. Rhodes, Naida Silverthorn, and Jeffrey C. Valentine. Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 12(2) 57– 91
The new meta-analysis from leading mentoring researcher David Dubois combines the evaluations of over 70 youth mentoring programs over the last decade and is a key resource in the field of youth mentoring. A webinar presentation featuring Dr. Dubois and CIMR director Tom Keller on what this new key research meants for mentoring programs can be viewed on our web portal for mentoring children and youth.  

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring
The Chronicle for Evidence-Based Mentoring is a edited by Dr. Jean Rhodes, one of the most prominent researchers working in youth mentoring (and other youth development areas), and includes articles, discussion boards and announcements for mentoring researchers and professionals, alike. The Chronicle is published through   The Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring, a joint alliance between MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership and the University of Massachusetts- Boston. The Center was established in 2010 to make research findings more accessible, and increase practitioners’ skills and knowledge in applying evidence-based practice to their work to advance the practice of youth mentoring. There are several tools available for mentoring practitioners, including Mentoring Central, an online training for mentors.

YouthMentoring Listserv, hosted by Dr. David Dubois, University of Illinois-Chicago
This invaluable listserv run by top mentoring researcher David Dubois, is devoted to promoting a better understanding of the interplay between mentoring research and program practice. It includes many of the mentoring field's top researchers and practitioners, and features a rich discussion running the gamut of youth mentoring topics. The listserv is free to join; all you need to do is send your email address and name to Dr. DuBois at

MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership
MENTOR/the National Mentoring Partnership features several key online resources for mentoring researchers and practitioners including:

  • The Elements of Effective Practice, Third Edition. The Elements are a set of standards and benchmarks for youth mentoring programs, created with the goal of infusing research into mentoring program practice.
  • The Research in Action Series translates the latest scholarly research on mentoring into tangible strategies for mentoring practitioners.  The series covers a wide range of youth mentoring subjects including program practice, mentoring relationships, peer mentoring, and school-based mentoring.

The Handbook of Youth Mentoring
The Handbook of Youth Mentoring, edited by Dr. David Dubois and Dr. Michael Karcher, is the cornerstone resource on any youth-mentoring professional's book shelf. It provides the first scholarly and comprehensive synthesis of theory, research, and practice in the field of youth mentoring. The Handbook brings together leading experts in the field to offer critical and informative analyses of a spectrum of topics that are essential to advancing understanding of the principles for effective mentoring of young people. CIMR member, Dr. Katie MacDonald contributed a chapter: Youth with disabilities. CIMR director, Dr. Thomas Keller, contributed a chapter: The stages and development of mentoring relationships.

The Friends for Youth Mentoring Institute
The Friends for Youth Mentoring Institute offers an annual conference that has become a keystone of professional development for youth mentoring program professionals. They also provide great webinars throughout the year. Friends for youth has published one of the key resources in the field on on effective screening practices for youth programs: SAFE: Screening Applicants for Effectiveness

The Intergenerational Center, Temple University
The Intergenerational Center at Temple University is dedicated to strengthening communities by bringing generations together to meet the needs of individuals and families throughout the life cycle. The Center's Dr. Andrea Taylor is the Developer and Principal Investigator of Across Ages, an evidenced-based model project which involves intergenerational mentoring as an approach to positive youth development and the prevention of risk-taking behavior.

Institute for Youth Success at Education Northwest
The Institute for Youth Success has a wealth of resources for mentoring programs devoted to translating research into practice. IYS resources are organized into topical areas, and include links to key resources from other organizations.

Building Intensive Relationships with At-risk Children: The Literature and Research at a Glance, Pati Zimmerman (2007), Published by the Children's Institute 
This useful resource examines mentoring research through the lens of mentoring relationships. It discusses key concepts such as mentor and mentee characteristics; contextual and structural factors of relationships including match longevity and frequency of contact; and necessary program supports.

Public Private Ventures
Public Private Ventures conducted many landmark youth mentoring research projects and ran the Amachi Program, a highly regarded national initiative for mentoring children of prisoners. Among Public Private Ventures' contributions to mentoring research are:

The Search Institute 
The Search Institute has several research strands important to mentoring including:

  • Research on the developmental assets youth need to succeed which highlights the importance of supportive mentors, coaches and other non-parental adults in positive youth development. This research is actualized in the "40 Developmental Assets Framework."
  • Research on identifying and nurturing "sparks" - the interests, talents, and dreams that truly excite and motivate a young person.

Young Adult & Undergraduate Mentoring

Annie E. Casey Foundation & Casey Family Programs 
The Annie E. Casey Foundation, and their direct-service arm, Casey Family Programs, have many useful resources devoted to supporting foster youth transitioning into adulthood, which place mentoring in the context of broader delivery of services including:

Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, Routledge
Mentoring & Tutoring is an international refereed journal with papers on all aspects of mentoring, tutoring and partnership in education, other academic disciplines and the professions. Although it spans mentoring in all age groups, it is a particularly good source of research on mentoring for the workforce, pre-service teachers and college students.

American Association for the Advancement of Science
AAAS hosts a Web site specifically devoted to Science Mentoring Research, that has many useful summaries and resources.


Adult and Workforce Mentoring

Journal of Vocational Behavior, Elsevior
The Journal of Vocational Behavior publishes empirical and theoretical articles that expand knowledge of vocational behavior and career development across the life span. It is the leading publisher of research on mentoring in the workplace, including an analysis of the state of workplace mentoring research that makes recommendations on research methodology and scope:

  • Allen, T. D., Eby, L. T., *O'Brien, K. E., & *Lentz, E. (2008). The state of mentoring research: A qualitative review of current research methods and future research implications. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 73, 343-357.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has several resources for supporting and early-career scientists and new faculty, including an online guide for training mentors

Nature's Guide for Mentors, Lee A, Dennis C, Campbell P. Nature. 2007;447(7146):791-797.
This resource for mentors of early-career researchers examines the qualities of good mentors based on nominations submitted for the Nature awards for creative mentoring in science.  It includes a self-assessment tool for mentors.

Oregon Health & Science University Mentoring 
OHSU Mentoring hosts a Web site as a centralized resource for mentees and mentors at every career stage , including mentoring for graduate, postdoctoral, and early-career researchers. The site includes information on communication, ethics, mentoring across differences, and overcoming mentoring challenges, and has an extensive resource section.

Peer Resources 
Peer Resources is an extensive clearinghouse and network of information on mentoring and coaching across age groups. Uniquely, it includes links to many research articles and program guides specific to mentoring in the workplace.


Mentoring Across Disciplines and Age Groups

The Blackwell Handbook of Mentoring: A Multiple Perspectives Approach, (2007) editors Tammy D. Allen, Lillian T. Eby
This volume, edited by leading mentoring researchers Tammy D. Allen and Lillian T. Eby, is the first to attempt to integrate research and scholarship in three largely distinct domains: mentoring for youth, for college students, and in the workplace. It brings together many luminaries of mentoring research to discuss important topics including mentoring relationships, natural mentors, best program practices, diversity, and the benefits of mentoring. CIMR director, Dr. Thomas Keller, contributed a chapter Youth mentoring: Theoretical and methodological issues.

Special Mentoring Issue: Journal of Vocational Behavior, Volume 72, Issue 2, Pages 159-268 (April 2008)
The Journal of Vocational Behavior published a special volume devoted to mentoring across ages and disciplines with articles by leading youth and adult mentoring experts. Articles particularly relevant to comparisons of mentoring across ages, contexts and disciplines include:

  • Lillian T. Eby, Tammy D. Allen (2008). Moving toward interdisciplinary dialogue in mentoring scholarship: and Introduction to the Special Issue. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 72, 159-167.
  • Lillian T. Eby, Tammy D. Allen, Sarah C. Evans, Thomas Ng, David L. Dubois (2008). Does mentoring matter? A multidisciplinary meta-analysis comparing mentored and non-mentored individuals. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 72, 254-267.