The 2017 European Coaching and Mentoring Research Project, undertaken by Jonathan Passmore and Hazel Brown, in partnership with the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) and the wider European coaching and mentoring industry, was planned in 2016 and undertaken during a 12-week period, between March and May 2017. 2,791 participants, from a total of 45 European countries, were included in the analysis.
The aim of the research project was to extend beyond traditional institutional networks and the main European languages (English, French, German and Spanish), to provide a more inclusive research study, recognising the equal value of all European countries, languages and cultures, and of the different professional bodies and institutions.
The research questions were designed by the researchers in collaboration with the EMCC, and were adapted during the development phase. For each country a research partner or team was identified and a National Research Lead was consulted on whether the survey should be translated, and which language(s) should be used. The National Research Leads led the translation process, which involved initial translation and an independent review.
The survey was launched on 1 March 2017 in 31 languages, ranging from English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and German, to regional and less well-known languages, including Catalan and Serbian. The survey was publicised through established coaching federations and management bodies, as well as online through social media interest groups. In total, approximately 100 organisations committed to sharing the research link with their members or to publishing details of the research on their website.
The survey consisted of six streams; coach stream, mentor stream, coach commission stream, mentor scheme manager stream, safety coach stream and driving coach stream. While all six streams contained some core biographical data, the six streams collected role-specific data, and thus effectively consisted of six parallel research studies.
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This research was commissioned by EMCC and was undertaken by a team of researchers in 50 countries across Europe. The research was sponsored by The Henley Centre for Coaching.