Evaluating Executive Coaching Skills

The Board Development Team at the NHS Institute commissioned IES to evaluate their Executive Coaching Skills programme. Adopted by all ten Strategic Health Authorities, this programme aimed to develop a community of senior leaders into executive coaches who, once trained, would provide coaching to emerging leaders and targeted under-represented groups in the NHS – including clinical, black and minority ethnic, and women. Our evaluation framework examined the effectiveness of the programme in a number of ways: the process of delivery; the impact on senior leader participants; the impact on coaching clients; the impact on NHS organisations; and the return on investment of the programme for the NHS.