The materials below were reviewed for Readiness for Dissemination. The implementation
point of contact can provide information regarding implementation of the intervention
and the availability of additional, updated, or new materials.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. (2000). Membership affiliation agreement. Philadelphia, PA: Author.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. (2007). 2007-2010 nationwide strategic direction. Philadelphia, PA: Author.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. (2009). Onboarding program staff: Participant guide. Philadelphia, PA: Author.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. (n.d.). Personal safety awareness for teens: Relationships. Philadelphia, PA: Author.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. (n.d.). Talking with grown ups. Philadelphia, PA: Author.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Agency Connection Web site, http://agencyconnection.bbbs.org/site/, including the following materials:
- Match Activity Workbook
- Parent Orientation Guide
- Preparing Volunteers Guide
- SDM Part 1--Checklist of Essential Practices
- SDM Part 1--Forms
- Service Delivery Job Descriptions and Interview Guide
- Service Delivery Model (SDM) Part 1 Manual
- Staff Guide for Orientation
- Supplemental Handouts
- Volunteer Selection Policy
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Learning Center training site, http://rod.sumtotalsystems.com/bbbs/app/SYS_login.aspx, including the following materials:
- BBBS Program Overview
- Customer Relations On-the-Job Training
- Enrollment and Matching On-the-Job Training
- Fundamentals of Youth Protection
- Match Support On-the-Job Training
- SDM for Customer Relations v.2
- SDM for Enrollment and Matching v.2
- SDM for Match Support v.2
Mentor Strength of Relationship Survey
Strength of Relationship Overview [PowerPoint slides]
Strength of Relationship Training and Fidelity [PowerPoint slides]
Youth Outcomes Survey
Youth Strength of Relationship Survey
Readiness for Dissemination Ratings by Criteria (0.0-4.0 scale)
External reviewers independently evaluate the intervention's Readiness for Dissemination
using three criteria:
- Availability of implementation materials
- Availability of training and support resources
- Availability of quality assurance procedures
For more information about these criteria and the meaning of the ratings, see Readiness for Dissemination.
Training and Support
Extensive implementation materials are available online and provide detailed information on program implementation requirements, including the necessary budget, program policies, and organizational expectations. An affiliation agreement codifies these expectations, which require that implementing organizations adhere to the BBBSA policies. The program offers extensive online and in-person training, with curricula for staff and program managers. Self-assessment tools support quality assurance at various levels (e.g., individual staff, implementing organization).
Training materials for mentors are difficult to identify on the program Web sites. Although strength of relationship surveys are available for youth and mentors, it is not clear how they should be used to improve the program or support continuing strategic planning efforts.