The Kirkpatrick evaluation model
Training evaluation is vital in understanding if the training was successful, for everyone involved: the trainer, the organisation (or decision-makers) and the learner. There are many different ways to assess training and, more importantly, what has been learned. The Kirkpatrick Model is probably the best known model for analyzing and evaluating the results of training and educational programs. The four levels of the model take into account any style of training to evaluate learning.
Putting the Kirkpatrick Four Levels™ into practice
Cooperating closely with line managers and training departments, we have found that an adaptation of Kirkpatrick’s proven techniques can provide a chain of evidence showing how much training contributes directly towards business goals. Together we look to answer the following key questions:
- Were the learners engaged and motivated?
- Did they find the training relevant?
- What knowledge, skills and attitudes do your staff need?
- How can we best demonstrate that learning has occurred?
- What behaviors and drivers will achieve these results?
- Where can we see that learning is transferred to the job?
- What impact will the improved performance have on your business ?
- How can we measure this?
Demonstrating the value of training
Too often, soft skills are seen as “too soft” to be evaluated and language training is seen as too low a priority to go beyond “happy sheets” and level tests. We believe this needs to be challenged. So, how do we show that language and soft skills training has contributed to business success?
Building training partnerships
We strongly believe that the answer lies in the Kirkpatrick Four Levels™. Cooperating closely with line managers and training departments, we have found that an adaptation of Kirkpatrick’s proven techniques can provide a chain of evidence showing how much training contributes directly towards business goals.
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