Benefits of IDPs for Mentors

What is an Individual Development Plan (IDP) and why do I need one?

Who can benefit from an IDP?

Graduate Students, Postdoctoral Fellows and Mentors

What are they designed to achieve?

To identify and structure:

Benefits for mentors
  • Higher productivity and publication rate 

    Davis (2009) and Drucker (1999) found that trainees with a written plan submit papers to peer-reviewed journals at a 23 percent higher rate. 

  • More first-authored papers

    Trainees with a written plan submit first-authored papers at a 30 percent higher rate. (Davis, 2009)

  • Stronger CIHR applications

    The use of IDPs will assist in meeting adjudication criteria regarding mentorship and training in funding opportunities at CIHR. Check out best practices in mentorship and training.

  • Efficient use of resources

    An agreed upon IDP at the outset contributes to better time management, efficient resource use and more focused effort. (Davis,  2005)

  • Better relationships and fewer conflicts

    Trainees who report the highest levels of oversight and professional development report fewer conflicts with their advisors and give their advisors higher ratings. (Davis, 2005)

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