How to Evaluate a Mentoring Program

Save

When designing a mentoring program, first determine your program goals. These will form the basis for evaluating whether the program has met its expected objectives. Many organizational mentoring programs rely solely on a final evaluation survey, but this may not fully measure the dynamics of mentoring relationships, according to “Evaluating a Mentoring Program,” by Julie Fortin and Christine Cuerrier.

The Program

  • Prepare a survey to be filled out by mentees and mentors at the end the program. Create identical pre- and post-program self-assessments exclusively for mentees. For confidentiality, individuals will be assigned a unique numerical identifier.

  • Administer mentee pre-program self-assessment before participation in the program, requesting mentees to rate themselves on attributes such as self-confidence, assertiveness in the workplace and other qualities.

  • Ask mentees to fill out an identical self-assessment at the end of program participation, Fortin and Cuerrier advise in “Evaluating a Mentoring Program.” Identify any higher ratings from post-program assessment responses on self-confidence, assertiveness in the workplace and any other attributes posed in the initial mentee self-assessment that may be associated with enhanced competency fostered through the mentoring relationship.

Afterward

  • Review post-program surveys filled out by both mentors and mentees, focusing on areas of satisfaction and dissatisfaction expressed through open-ended questions. Mentors often find unexpected benefits from mentoring relationships.

  • Gather a representative sample of mentees and mentors to participate in focus groups about their mentoring experiences. (This is optional, depending on company time and resources.)

  • Retain objective third-party facilitator to elicit candid, honest dialogue, steer discussion to issues that repeatedly arise in participant surveys, and explore potential solutions, Fortin and Cuerrier advise.

Tips & Warnings

  • Mentoring pairs may experience unresolvable conflicts in their relationships, resulting in premature termination of the relationship.
  • Mentees that complete the pre-program self-assessment may fail to fill out the post-program self-assessment, invalidating that mentee’s survey data.

References

  • “Evaluating a Mentoring Program;” Julie Fortin and Christine Cuerrier; 2003
  • Photo Credit handshake image by Anatoly Tiplyashin from Fotolia.com
Promoted By Zergnet

Comments

You May Also Like

  • Definition of Mentoring

    In the workplace, a mentor is often a senior manager who takes on the role of teacher and helps new workers to...

Related Searches

Check It Out

Are You Really Getting A Deal From Discount Stores?

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!