Scheme evaluation - Results of evaluation: page 1 of 1

Guide: As you can see, it is a complex process. The analysis of each level of the evaluation will form the basis of future decisions about the programme and its ultimate success or failure. Many assessment methods only confirm the effects you were expecting, and for your mentoring programme there are likely to be unexpected results on which you should reflect and follow up.

Select the interactive link to consider unexpected results in more detail.

interactive resource

Guide: Now we can listen to Harry and Ayesha discussing the unexpected outcomes of their evaluation of the mentoring programme.

Harry: Well, I really didn't expect to see mentors and mentees carrying out joint development and team teaching. That's a really positive development.

Ayesha: Yes, well, in some sections we've got a lot of requests for other team members wishing to become involved in the observation and feedback process.

Harry: I know. It's really surprising, especially as they were so anti at the start.

Ayesha: Yes, but on the other hand we've also got quite a bit of resentment that we'll have to manage from other staff being upset at the time taken by mentors and mentees working together.

Harry: Yes. We've also got a response asking for more direct input, you know - mentees asking for more coaching or teaching and less 'support'. 'Why didn't my mentor just tell me I was doing it wrong and tell me how to do it right?' That kind of thing.

Ayesha: Hmm. We'll have to watch that, and possibly address it through developing the concept of reflective practice more thoroughly.

Harry: Yes, but there's also the case that, in some aspects, they might be right and perhaps we do need to input more clearly on the practical aspects of the job.

Ayesha: Yes true, but look at this. There are loads more people wanting to be part of the programme in the future.

Harry: Yes that's really encouraging; we must be doing something right then.

Guide: So you can see that it's as important to recognise and evaluate your unexpected information as it is your expected outcomes.

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