Like any other talent development activity, it is important to evaluate your mentoring programme to document the value and outcome. Mentoring programmes are established for a purpose – and should deliver results for the organisation as well as for the participants.
The Mentor+Survey™ evaluates the mentoring process, the results of the mentoring process, the programme design as well as stakeholder engagement as perceived by the mentors and mentees. The survey also measures the satisfaction of mentors and mentees with specific aspects of the mentoring programme and their individual results.
The Mentor+Survey™ will help you to:
- Identify the strengths and weaknesses of the specific programme.
- Discuss how the specific mentoring programme can become more effective through adjusting and developing certain areas of the programme.
- Explore where you need to achieve more knowledge and learning to increase the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of your mentoring programme.
- Ensure that the results are documented and communicated to all relevant parties.
Probably the biggest database in Northern Europe
The Mentor+Survey™ was developed in 2003 based on a self-initiated practice research project examining the use of mentoring programmes in Scandinavia. Through our research using the Mentor+Survey™, we have created what is probably the biggest database in Northern Europe of respondents evaluating their participation in and outcome from mentoring programmes. This has given us a very wide and insight into the design and delivery of professional mentoring programmes which we share through our consulting, our methodology and tools.
Today, we offer a 3rd generation of the Mentor+Survey which includes 39 quantitative statements, 4 qualitative questions and a satisfaction score (the original survey included 116 questions).
How the Mentor+Survey™ works
The survey is conducted through the internet and is answered by all mentors and mentees. At the moment the Mentor+Survey™ exist in English, Danish, Norwegian and a Swedish.
We recommend that the results are presented in the final seminar inviting mentors and mentees to explore their different perceptions of their relationships and identify their own learning points. This way the organisation receives an evaluation of the function of the mentoring programme, both through the Mentor+Survey™ and through the participants own interpretation of the results. On this basis, the organisation can adjust and further develop the programme to achieve even better results of future programmes.
The Mentor+Survey™ measures and evaluates to which extent the mentoring programme fulfils its purpose and deliver the desired results
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The Mentor+Survey™ evaluates the following 4 key areas of the mentoring programme
This is the confidential learning zone of the mentor and the mentee. The process between the mentor and mentee is characterized by the expectations and motivations of the two people, the way they communicate, how committed they are to the relationship and how they perceive each other in their roles.
Goals and Results
The Mentor+Survey™ measures to what extent mentors and mentees expect certain results as well as which results mentors and mentees actually perceive they have achieved through the mentoring programme.
Here the participants evaluate how well the programme structure supports their mentoring relationship. This includes understanding the purpose of the mentoring, the role of the programme manager and how well mentors and mentees have been prepared for their roles in the mentoring programme.
This area represents the context of the mentoring programme i.e. the stakeholders around the programme especially the direct manager and how top management is seen to support the programme. The Mentor+Survey™ evaluates these relationships and how they influence the results of the mentoring programme. This area is not included when we evaluate open programmes, e.g. programmes organized by schools and universities, trade unions and other members’/voluntary associations.