Potential postdoc candidates were identified through positive or interesting responses to evaluation surveys. Prosper research staff developers also suggested possible candidates based on interactions with postdocs during sessions.
We used some of the quotes collected anonymously from evaluation surveys to illustrate the benefits of Prosper to PIs/Managers of Researchers and their postdocs.
We emailed the candidates to ask if they would like to take part in a 30 minute zoom call. You can find example email text that we used here. Our pilot cohort members had already agreed to provide feedback as part of their participants agreement.
Your email may wish to include a UK GDPR opt-in if you intend to store or use their attributed testimonials. You should also follow local rules around data storage.
We tracked responses to emails using a spreadsheet, which you can download a template of here. For those happy to take part, we looked through their session attendance and evaluation surveys to identify talking points.
We selected areas that they were particularly engaged with. Examples included coaching, self-assessment and employer engagement.
Creating a script of questions
Based on the information gathered about the individual, we created a script of questions - usually starting with a general question about why they joined Prosper. We then arranged a time and date most suited to them.
You can see some examples of question scripts here;
Where and how we used the testimonials
Testimonials were used in tweets, blogs, videos in live sessions and videos for web and social media (see these examples from the first and second cohorts).
Testimonials also provided context and personal stories to support evaluation statistics. They were used to advertise Prosper's career development offering, showcasing the experiences of postdocs on the pilots.
As Prosper rolls out nationwide, we're seeking to continue to collect testimonials, especially from developers using Prosper at their institution. We wish to encourage these to be shared as part of our community of practice.