After careful deliberation we have decided to cancel the peer mentoring program in its current incarnation.
Why? Every month we have been manually re-pairing more and more people, so something isn’t working here.
We’ve received feedback from many of you (thanks) and it seems that the main issues are timezone disparity (the discussions were too asynchronous), no clear mentor/mentee distinctions (people had assumed they would be paired with someone that had a distinctly different skill or experience level to their own) and sometimes an interest mismatch (e.g. a researcher hoping for another researcher to pair with).
We have been using Donut to handle the pairing. While it does a great job of random matching, there is no way of collecting data about individuals so that they can be matched with an appropriate peer.
What next? We’d like to resolve this to create a much better experience for you all, so we’re going to commission a new app which takes into account this feedback.
We can’t give an ETA at this point but we are actively working on it and will update you as soon as possible.
We’d like to offer a sincere thank you to everyone that has actively participated in the program to date. Much of the feedback has been incredibly positive.
What can you do? If you’d like to give us feedback about your experience in the program, please visit the feedback channel on Slack.