Examining holistically the experiences of mentors in school-based programs : a logic analysis

Bufali, Maria Vittoria and Connelly, Graham and Morton, Alec (2023) Examining holistically the experiences of mentors in school-based programs : a logic analysis. Journal of Community Psychology. ISSN 0090-4392 (https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.22991)

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The article presents a Logic Analysis of the Scottish MCR (“Motivation, Commitment and Resilience”) Pathways school-based mentoring scheme. MCR Pathways provides vulnerable secondary school students with one-to-one support, helping them realize their full potential through education. The perceptions of 12 mentors were explored through interviews, thematically analysed and mapped to derive the program’s Theory of Change as regards the volunteers themselves. This model was then assessed against the evidence base yielded from prior studies. The evaluation highlighted a mismatch between mentors’ outcome expectations and what they actually gained from the experience. Furthermore, some themes (e.g., being driven by community concerns) turned out to be more prominent in the context of this specific scheme than in the wider literature, as opposed to other ones (e.g., developing friendships). The study generates insights into the ways to attract and retain growing numbers of volunteers, as well as to advance scientific knowledge.


Bufali, Maria Vittoria, Connelly, Graham ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9798-5499 and Morton, Alec ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3803-8517;