Community, theory, and guidance: Benefits and lessons learned in evaluation peer mentoring

Jenna M. LaChenaye, Ayesha S. Boyce, Jenna Van Draanen, Kristin Everett

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Abstract

The majority of evaluation practitioners begin their career in allied fields and stumble into evaluation. As such, university offerings and evaluation professional development sessions have become increasingly popular. As the field continues to professionalize and new mentoring programs emerge, empirical work examining teaching and training in evaluation has gained traction. However, little is known about the role that opportunities such as mentoring play in evaluation training. The purpose of this article is to explore the expected and unexpected benefits of our experiences as participants in an evaluation mentoring program, lessons learned, and logistical and structural promoters of success in peer mentoring.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)102-117
Number of pages16
JournalCanadian Journal of Program Evaluation
Volume34
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Graduate students
  • Mentoring
  • New evaluators
  • Teaching evaluation
  • Training evaluation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Library and Information Sciences

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