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How to Tell If Your Mentoring Program is Working

Measuring your mentoring programs

So, you decided to start a mentoring program at your organization. That’s a great start, but how do you tell if your program is working? There are basic steps you can take to ensure your mentoring organization is succeeding.

  1. Establish goals prior to implementing your program. How can you measure success if you don’t first set goals?
  2. Once goals are established, identify KPI’s (Key Performance Indicators) to evaluate these areas:
  • Increase in number of participants
  • Observe desired behavior changes for those participating in the program
  • Organizational outcomes

These areas will help you determine what causes success and failure in your mentoring program so you can help your program succeed and curtail any behaviors that might result in failure.

After establishing KPIs, the next step in the process is to establish targets (or measures of success) and segments (or populations, behaviors and/or outcomes to evaluate against targets). Once target and segments have been established, you should specify how you will track and measure these against your benchmarks.

Following these steps, will help to ensure your mentoring program is a success. In the long run, creating a stronger, more engaged, and effective work force.


Alison Martin

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Alison Martin is the Founder and Chief Learning Officer of Diverse Talent Strategies, a family of brands offering turn-key solutions for mentoring, women’s leadership initiatives, and recruitment. With roughly 15 years in nonprofit work, Alison has a passion for doing work that makes a difference in the lives of others. After serving as Executive Director at two different national nonprofit organizations, her commitment to her passion for developing female talent led her launch Mentoring Women’s Network. In her role, Alison acts as a liaison to a national committee responsible for the leadership development content for the organization and consults with corporations on the development and strategy aligned with initiatives for emerging female leaders. She is also the author of the book, “Landing on My Feet: Learning to Lead Through Mentoring” and speaks regularly on behalf of the organization

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