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How can we evaluate a Mentoring Programme?


Can anyone suggest any good techniques/tools/methods for evaluating the effectiveness of a mentoring programme? Is there any way to quantify the effectiveness? Are there any benchmarks for success?
Claire Goodchild

3 Responses

  1. Set clear goals
    My own experience of mentoring has led me to keep evaluation specific to the objectives. Establish where someone is and what is sought from the mentoring. Often 360 degree feedback can be used well at set time periods to measure changes as perceived by others.

  2. tools for evaluation of mentoring

    I have researched this for my doctorate. There are some tools I used in evaluating schemes in the Referecnes / Library section of this site which you can download.
    Type in the titles shown below when you search within the library:

    ‘Mentee/Mentor evaluation questionnaires’

    The article – ‘Mentoring, learning and learning styles’
    may be of interest

    and if you want detailed references of the work of others try the

    ‘Mentoring bibliography’

    I studied the impact of mentoring on mentor and mentee learning and dynamics of the relationship. The aspect of matching and developing the relationship is often given short shrift or action is based on hunches because it is easier to look at the mechanics of the scheme.

    If you want to discuss call my office on 0151 625 4006 and we can arrange a chat.

    Best of luck.

    Richard Hale


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