Task Force 2 (TF2) focuses on implementing the EvalYouth Global Mentoring Program (GMP), an initiative to support novice evaluators and young professionals to become skilled and dependable professionals that can confidently take up evaluation roles in their communities and countries.
Objectives of the Mentoring Program
- To equip YEEs with the needed knowledge, skills, and capacity for a successful evaluation career;
- To help YEEs formulate an actionable professional development plan with clear steps towards developing those skills;
- To help YEEs identify and overcome challenges, barriers, fears of developing a career in evaluation;
- To aid YEEs in building stronger professional networks towards the advancement of the profession;
- To build linkages with internships and job opportunities in the field; and
- To increase the commitment of evaluation experts who contribute to the evaluation capacity development of YEE.
- To build connections and increase networking between multi-disciplinary and international mentors and mentees;
- To support the career growth of YEEs and build the capacity of mentees in evaluation;
- To contribute to evaluation advocacy especially for YEEs;
- To expand evaluation knowledge by mentoring YEEs, exploring concepts in-depth, and engaging in live discussions; and
- To contribute to the mentoring body of work by sharing experiences and lessons learned.
History of Mentoring Program
In 2016, TF2 conducted a global online survey to help design a mentoring program by identifying priority areas and unmet mentoring needs. The result was the development of the EvalYouth Global Mentoring Program (GMP), which centers on connecting evaluation mentors with mentees to build the capacities of Young and Emerging Evaluators (YEEs), enhance their networks and advance their careers in evaluation.
The mentors provide capacity-building support to the mentees through virtual communication means for the duration of about six months. At the same time, mentees have the opportunity to expand their professional network through the different interactive meetings organized throughout the program.
2017-2018 (Pilot Phase)
The pilot phase of the GMP took place in 2017-2018, with 51 participating mentors and mentees. TF2 commissioned an external evaluation after its completion, which can be read here.
Based on the evaluation of the pilot phase, as well as feedback and recommendations from the participating mentors and mentees, TF2 adapted the program’s design to improve the experience. In this second cycle, 91 mentors and 123 mentees successfully completed the GMP. TFII commissioned a Young and Emerging external evaluator to evaluate the project to inform the design of the third cycle. The report can be found here.
The third phase of the EY-GMP 2020 is currently being implemented with 25 mentor and mentee pairs from all over the world. The program will last for four months and focuses on strengthening mentor and mentee relationships, peer-to-peer learning, and includes both advanced and basic module levels. The 2020 EYGMP cycle utilizes a Learning Management System (LMS) for mentor and mentee engagement.
The EYGMP 2020 includes the following components:
1. Four modules divided between basic and advanced. Each Module will take up about a month to complete. These include:
- Module 1: Connecting and bonding.
- Module 2: The world of design, monitoring, and evaluation.
- Module 3: Actors and opportunities in the evaluation ecosystem.
- Module 4: Thinking about the future.
2. Peer-to-peer learning and networking with heavy engagement on the LMS. This also includes submitting assignments and joining discussion boards on the LMS.
3. A closing session with a final ceremony, and certificates of completion.
4. The GMP started in 2017-2018 and completed a second cycle in 2018-2019. A third-round is currently underway in 2020. The Mentoring Program is hosted here.