Every now and then, the mentor must evaluate and review the mentoring program. Evaluation of allows the mentor to adjust the program and make changes. This program helps mentees understand how they have improved. Evaluation can be done mid-program or towards the end. Also, it can be done either through constructive criticism or an informal feedback session. Mentees need to have an open mind to accept constructive feedback or criticism as the general purpose of a mentoring program is to aim for betterment. For mentors, the evaluation program is a great way to plug loopholes of the program.
To create a planned evaluation program, following steps are useful:
1. Find out the purpose of the evaluation program
2. During the program, re-check the purpose and guidelines
3. Find out a way to collect evaluation data
4. Prepare evaluation planning worksheets
If the evaluation is done during the course of a mentoring program, then mentors must give sufficient time to mentees to grasp the learning from the program and apply them in their daily lives. This will help mentees to scale within that time-frame.
At the end of the evaluation program, both mentors and mentees can ascertain how they have benefitted from the program. Questionnaires are a good method to determine the effectiveness of the mentoring program. Mentors can also provide solid feedback to the mentees and offer them suggestions on how mentees can work on those specific areas.
More and more startups are depending on good mentors to start businesses and sustain a highly competitive market. If you have any ideas on how evaluation and review can be done, feel free to share your suggestions below or visit MentorCloud to know more about mentoring and get involved.