Mentor Minutes is an initiative that connects current WE members to experienced evaluation professionals in the WE community through short-term mentorship opportunities.
The Mentor Minutes program pairs mentees with all levels of experience - who are aspiring, emerging, or seasoned evaluators - with mentors who are experienced evaluators and/or experts in a particular field of evaluation to establish mutually beneficial professional connections. Mentees can learn about new professional pathways, receive technical advice, and build their technical networks among other outcomes. Mentors can provide feedback and advice on starting or transitioning a career, reflections on their professional experiences, and provide capacity building while improving their own leadership and mentoring skills.
What is the time commitment?
Mentorship opportunities are short-term and flexible. We ask for a commitment of a minimum of two meetings focused on discussing topics related to the mentee’s interests. Once the Coordinator connects you, mentors and mentees are asked to independently schedule their interactions - scheduling a virtual meeting, a cup of coffee, or a quick bite to eat.
The time commitment thereafter is based on availability/interest. While WE encourages and hopes for meaningful professional development, neither the mentee nor the mentor is required to participate in long-term mentoring opportunities through this initiative.
How does it work?
Mentors and mentees are asked to each complete a three-minute registration form. The mentor registration serves as a roster. Applying as a mentor signifies your willingness to be matched at some point with a mentee that fits your expertise. Mentee registration triggers an action on the part of the Mentor Minutes Coordinator, who will facilitate a match between the available mentors and the newly registered mentee. The Coordinator will reach out to the mentor with information on the mentee and their interests to ensure an effective pairing can be made. If a match is agreed, the Coordinator will connect the mentor and mentee via email, and together they can set up their mentoring sessions.
Who can serve as a mentor?
Experienced evaluators who are comfortable providing academic or professional advice and guidance can serve as mentors. This can include advice on how to become involved in the evaluation community, sharing their experiences on how to start up an evaluation consulting practice, providing guidance on how to transition into a new field in evaluation, or giving general academic or professional advice. The main requirement is a willingness and interest in sharing your knowledge with other members of the evaluation community!
Who can be a mentee?
New, emerging, or seasoned evaluators can all participate as mentees. The only requirement is an interest in learning from DC’s evaluation community! The more information you provide on your registration form, the more effectively we can match you with a mentor who fits your interests. After you’ve served as a mentee, we encourage folks to also register as a mentor. We believe that everyone has valuable insight to share!
Do you have additional questions about the Mentor Minutes program? Please contact the Mentor Minutes Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.