Select How to Collect the Data

© 2008, Barry Sweeny

The following chart provides assessment (research) questions and possible assessment strategies for each question. There are other possible “research questions” which your program may need to answer too. The strategies are suggested ways of collecting the data that will help you decide the answers for those questions.

  1. Which of these seem appropriate for your program?
  2. Which of these will decision makers and those who pay for your program need to have answered?

1. Have the professional growth needs of proteges and mentors been met? Needs assessment
2. Have proteges and mentors grown professionally? Pre-post on developmental scale like the CBAM (Stages of Concern)
3. In what ways have mentors & proteges grown and not grown? Topic-specific scale or goals to compare pre-post
4. Have mentors & proteges done all the activities that the mentoring
program recommended or expected?
1. Log of mentoring time with check off for type of activity?2.Protege needs assessment
5. Has the kind of desired employee behaviors become more the norm? 1. Observations pre-post by the program director.2. Pre-post survey (less reliable)
6. Has mentoring contributed to needed performance improvements? 1. Pre-post participant vs supervisors’ reports.2. Appraisal scores?
7. Has there been progress toward the original goals of the mentor program? Assessment must match the goals. Requires a predetermined set of indicators/objectives that can be monitored for progress.
8. Have the original goals of the mentoring program been accomplished? Requires indicators that are predetermined to be “what success will be like”.
9. Has the program provided sufficient support and training? 1. Mentor & protege survey of actual vs desired time? Mentor time log?
2. Assessment scales of levels of quality for desired skills?
10. What are the obstacles that prevent people from being the mentors and employees they want to be? 1. Mentor & protege survey2. Mentor & protege self-assessment on a set of skills