Evaluation models

Hamblin (1974) quoted by Bramley (2002) suggests that there are five levels of evaluation linked by a cause and effect chain:

Training leads to Reactions
    which leads to Learning
    which leads to Changes in behaviour
    which leads to Changes in the organisation
    which leads to Change in the achievement of ultimate goals.

The objectives set at the beginning of the mentor programme could relate to any or all of these levels. For example, a skill learned could be evaluated as a change in behaviour or could result in an organisational change in performance. As such, each objective of the programme must be considered at each level of evaluation.

Alternatively, you could use a Responsive evaluation approach. In this model, the stakeholders evaluate the effect of the programme on themselves.

The stakeholders in the mentoring programme will be:

Other factors to consider when carrying out your evaluation could include these ideas, adapted from Ideas on evaluation from Roger Greenaway:

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