Vicsport Professional Development and Mentoring Program

15 May 2015 By Leadership Victoria

Congratulations to all participants and volunteer mentors who made the seventh Vicsport Professional Development and Mentoring Program (PDMP) a great success.

The program, supported by the State Government of Victoria, aims to develop female leaders in sport and since 2009 has benefited more than 70 current and emerging female leaders and their sporting associations across the state.

Involved in the program since its inception, Leadership Victoria supports the mentoring component of the program through the provision of skilled mentors, training support and tailored resources. As a testament to the success of the program, early graduates have recently become mentors themselves, assisting current participants to maximise the opportunity and apply their learnings in the workplace.

In recent months Vicsport and LeadVic volunteers have undertaken an evaluation to review the impact of the PDMP since 2009. They first participated in a pilot program with the London Benchmarking Group (LBG) to apply their social impact measurement tool.  The tool was used to assist with documenting the program's objectives and mapping the key measures that are critical for its success. This documentation was then used to guide the analysis and synthesis of all data collected by the program over its seven years.

An evaluation report is currently being finalised that has defined the project logic for the program, together with answering the key impact questions.  The report will be used by Vicsport to demonstrate the value of the PDMP and was completed by Fiona Jones (Sport's Consultant with Vicsport who had major responsibility for the management of the program) and Tracey Jarvis-Ball and Sandy Guest (both Skilled Volunteers with LV applying their expertise in program evaluation) 

If you interested in opportunities to mentor a current or emerging leader, or have specialised skills you wish to share with other organisations, visit our volunteering page for more info.