The AES Pathways Committee is excited to announce the launch of the AES Group Mentoring Pilot. The pilot is a response to the high level of demand for mentorship from members recorded in the membership survey for the 2019–22 strategic planning process.
The AES Group Mentoring Pilot is an online mentoring program, in which seasoned evaluators guide less experienced mentees through their professional journey.
Additionally, mentees with diverse experiences can learn from other mentees in pursuit of a common learning goal and develop their support network in the evaluation field. A detailed program guide can be found here.
Participants must be AES members. The pilot is targeted towards emerging evaluators, mid-term evaluators and emerging leaders in the field.
It will require both commitment to the mentoring relationship and evaluation activities. Interested participants should also be prepared for a few bumps along the way as we work out what works and what is needed for a successful group mentoring experience!
On the online expression of interest form, you can express an interest in participating in one or more of the mentoring groups. The professional biographies of mentors and a summary of their mentoring group’s focus are available here.
Mentees for each group will be jointly selected by the AES Pathways Committee Mentoring Pilot Working Group and the mentors. As places are limited, if demand exceeds available places, selection of mentees will be based on a set of criteria which can be found in the pilot program guide.
Group mentoring sessions will be held once a month from January to June 2021.
Mentee expression of interest close 22 November 2020. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the selection process by 18 December.
An orientation session is scheduled for January 2021 prior to mentoring groups meeting individually (dates to be confirmed).
The mentoring pilot is intended to support further understanding of the needs and expectations of mentees, as well as potential models that would work for the AES membership. As such, the pilot will be evaluated to support the development of future iterations of the mentoring program. Participants of the pilot will be expected to participate in the evaluation.
Mentees must complete an online expression of interest form to be considered for the program by Sunday 22 November 2020. Applications have now closed.
Meet your mentors and groups
For the pilot, four AES Fellows have volunteered to act as mentors to a small group of mentees. Each mentor will meet with a group of up to five mentees once a month over the course of six months. Further details on each mentor's biography and focus area can be found in the 'Meet your mentor' section.
The structure of each group’s mentorship program will be flexible, depending on the mentor’s specialisation focus, and needs and goals of the mentees involved. It will be up to the mentor and mentees in each group to negotiate a mutually agreeable format and common goal..