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Meeting The Call for Rigorous and Useful Coaching Evaluation: Unique Challenges and Optimal Approaches to Executive Coaching Evaluation

Presenter: Paul Tesluk

Building on the prior presentation providing an overview of the state of research and practice in evaluating leadership and executive coaching and identifying important factors to consider when evaluating coaching programs, this presentation will focus on particular challenges that are unique to evaluating executive coaching. Having identified these challenges and discussing their significance both in terms of advancing our understanding of coaching and practical implications for coaching programs, we will identify optimal approaches -- both methodological/design as well as potential researcher-practitioner partnerships -- that can be pursued to address these challenges. We will offer a set of suggested goals/objectives to help guide executive coaching practitioners and researchers that may be helpful in meeting the call for more rigorous and useful coaching evaluation.


     Feldman, D. C., Lankau, M. J. (2005). Executive coaching: A review and agenda for future research. Journal of Management, 31 (6), 829-848.

     Joo, B-K (2005). Executive coaching: A conceptual framework from an integrative review of practice and research. Human Resource Development Review, 4 (4), 462-488.

     Hannum, K.M., Martineau, J.W., & Reinelt, C. (2007). The handbook of leadership development evaluation. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the state of research and practice in evaluating leadership coaching interventions
  • Identify integrated forms of coaching evaluation and their respective utility in improving coaching effectiveness
  • Describe critical factors and criteria to consider when evaluating coaching programs
  • Explain the unique challenges to evaluating coaching programs
  • Identify optimal approaches (methodological/design as well as researcher-practitioner collaborations) to evaluating coaching programs that address these unique challenges
  • Identify trade-offs that need to be considered in selecting methods to evaluate coaching programs and goals/objectives that can be used to navigate such trade-offs