Project Description


Quality Assessment, Training, and Quality Improvement (QI) Tools

  • AUDIENCE: Mentoring program staff members

  • METHOD: eLearning, Web-based assessment, Technical assistance

  • LENGTH: 1-2 months to complete the QI process

  • DESCRIPTION: Training, Program self-assessment, Customized feedback, Quality improvement plan development

iRT EQUIP poster

Elements Quality Improvement Process (EQUIP)

Prepare mentoring programs to align their practices with the Standards in the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring (EEPM) through completing a quality improvement process including taking an eLearning course, filling out a program self-assessment questionnaire, reviewing a customized feedback report, developing a work plan, and receiving technical assistance




Kupersmidt, J. B., & Avedano, M. (2020, March). Quality mentoring: The Elements Quality Improvement Process (EQUIP, US) and the MC Certificate on Quality Mentoring (Spain). Virtual workshop presented at the European Mentoring Summit. Barcelona, Spain.

Garringer, M., Kupersmidt, J. K., & Stelter, R. L. (2020, January). The devil is in the details- Going beyond global best practices to enhance mentoring program services. Paper presented at the 2020 National Mentoring Summit. Washington, D.C.

Kupersmidt, J. B., Stelter, R. L., & Garringer, M. (2018, October). STEM Mentoring: Research-based recommendations for program practices. Workshop presented at the Mentoring Institute at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.

Kupersmidt, J. B., & Stump, K. (2018, July). Creating standards for the youth mentoring field and their relation to quality improvement. Paper presented at the Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring, Portland, OR.

Stelter, R. L., Stump, K. N., Kupersmidt, J. B., & Rhodes, J. B. (2018, April). Mentoring program enhancements supporting effective mentoring of children of incarcerated parents. Paper presented at the 2018 Society for Research on Adolescence. Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

Kupersmidt, J. B., & Heppe, E. (2017, November). Increasing the effectiveness of mentoring by enhancing mentoring program practices. Presentation at the Mentors of Rotterdam, Center of Expertise Social Innovation, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Kupersmidt, J. B. (2017, October). Increasing youth outcomes by enhancing mentoring program practices. Presentation at the short course on Improving Program Quality at the Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. Boston, MA.

Kupersmidt, J. B. (2017, January). Elements of effective mentoring practices. Plenary presentation at the Innovations in Mentoring: Game Changers for Changing Lives conference. Atlanta, GA.

Kupersmidt, J. B., & Stelter, R. L. (2016, March). The Elements Quality Improvement Process (EQUIP): Benefits and methods of evaluating and enhancing your mentoring program. Poster presented at the European Mentoring Summit. Berlin, Germany.

Garringer, M., & Stelter, R. L., (2016, January). Making the best of “Best Practices”: Applying the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring to your program. Paper presented at the 2016 National Mentoring Summit: Connect Growth Opportunity. Washington DC.

Stelter, R. L. (2016, January). Evaluation: What does my mentoring program need? Plenary presentation at the Texas Mentoring Summit, San Antonio, TX.

Stump, K., & Kupersmidt, J. B. (2015, January). Effective program practices in mentoring programs serving at-risk youth. Paper presented at the National Mentoring Summit, Washington, D. C.

Stelter, R. L., & Kupersmidt, J. B. (2015, January). The Young Men’s Initiative Mentoring programs: A model for public-private partnerships and improving mentoring program quality. Paper presented at the 2015 National Mentoring Summit: Expanding the Mentoring Effect, Washington DC.

Kupersmidt, J. B. & Stelter, R. L. (2013, October). Best practices in mentor training and program assessment. Training presented at the University Massachusetts Boston Center for Evidence-based Mentoring Short Course on Mentoring Youth in the Foster Care System. Boston, MA.

Kupersmidt, J. B., Rhodes, J. E., & Stelter, R. L. (2012, January). Research-based mentor training and support. Paper presented at the 2012 National Mentoring Summit: Invest in the Future: Mentor a Child, Washington, DC.


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