Program Effectiveness

In 2009 we conducted an assessment of our mentoring program’s effectiveness in Moscow. During the research we analyzed the development of 40 orphans, who participated in our program as Littles. Assessment was done based on surveys filled out by the guardians and volunteers before a child was accepted to the program and after a year of regular individual contact with a volunteer. Results of the assessment are presented in a table below:

 

Criteria

Definite Improvement

Some improvements

 No change

Worsened

Emotional state

54%

34%

12%

0%

Self-confidence

38%

41%

21%

0%

Aggression  level*

19% (aggression decrease)

19% (aggression decrease)

56%

6%

School performance**

21%

18%

61%

0%

Communicative skills

37%

37%

26%

0%

Initiative

27%

31%

42%

0%


* As long as all children-clients of the program live in the orphanage on regular basis, aggressiveness and aggressive behavior are difficult to correct because most of the children spend a majority of their time in a limited social space. Orphan institutions have a strictly hierarchical structure which may initiate the development of aggression in a child’s behavior.
** School performance saw significant change because more than half of children involved in Moscow mentoring program study at correctional schools for children with delay learning disabilities, Additionally, intellectual development of children is not a primary goal of the BBBS of Russia program.

Analyzing the data, we observe that participation by orphans in the program improves the lives of the children. They have positive changes in their emotional state, develop their communicative skills and improve their self-confidence. For children deprived from parents’ love and care, such results are very important, especially for the development of their personality. 

Program Effectiveness in the United States


In 2009, the American Research Company Harris Interactive (a company specializing in public opinion, sociology and marketing research) conducted a study to gauge Big Brothers Big Sisters program effectiveness in the USA.
The study showed that out of 200 adult American participants who were mentored as children through Big Brothers Big Sisters program:
 

  • 85% indicated that their Big helped them to obtain self-confidence and self-assurance
  • 65% indicated that their Big helped them to perform better at school and more than half (52%) were talked out of dropping out of school by their Bigs
  • 65% are very content with their family
  • 64% believe that their relationships with their Bigs were very important and they still keep in touch and 75% out of them have very close relationships with their Big
  • 46% have yearly income exceeding 75 000 $
  • 28% have earned a college degree.

 

Vadim Menshov Director, Orphanage №8Vadim Menshov