Possible Research Questions for Program Evaluation

© 2010, Barry Sweeny


The following chart provides ideas for some of the possible research questions you might use for mentor program evaluation. The “research questions” you need to use are dictated by your program’s goals and the actual questions which your program may need to answer over time as decisions must be made by program leaders.

  • Which of these seem appropriate for your program goals?
  • Which of these will you want to be able to answer a year from now? Two years from now?
  • Which of these will decision makers and those who pay for your program need to have answered?
Possible Research-Assessment Questions
1. Have the professional growth needs of proteges (and mentors?) been met?
2. Have proteges and mentors grown professionally?
3. In what ways have mentors & proteges grown and not grown?
4. Have mentors & proteges done all the activities that the mentoring program recommended or expected?
5. Has the kind of desired employee behaviors become more the norm?
6. Has mentoring contributed to performance improvements?
7. Has there been progress toward the original goals of the mentor program?
8. Have the original goals of the mentoring program been accomplished?
9. Has the program provided sufficient support and training to attain the above expectations?
10. What are the obstacles that prevent people from being the mentors, proteges, and employees they want to be?