Toolkit on Effective Mentoring for Youth
Facing Barriers to Success

Best practices and resources to build, strengthen, evaluate and sustain effective mentoring programs for youth considered at high-risk of under education, unemployment, homelessness, criminalization, and other negative outcomes.

Ethical Standards and Considerations

A key consideration in developing an evaluation framework and tools is the incorporation of ethical standards for research. Evaluation with integrity is done in ways that:

  • respect people, relationships, and service objectives;
  • are methodologically responsive and appropriate; and
  • are credibly and competently done.1

Some of the main ethical considerations in conducting evaluation are:

  • Ethics Board approval to ensure compliance with current ethical standards;
  • Informed consent from participants to ensure they are aware and comfortable with the processes involved in the evaluation; and
  • Permissions / releases to allow certain types of information to be used for the purposes of evaluation.

Key Resources for Ethical Standards in Research & Evaluation

Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (2014):

Canadian Evaluation Society, Program Evaluation Standards:

Research & Evaluation with Indigenous Groups:



  1. Bania, M. (2015). Evaluation of mentoring programs. Presentation for the Ontario Mentoring Coalition, Toronto, ON, February 2015.
Funding provided by the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services