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Wendy Kirkpatrick's Postings

 

​Back from a busy week at ATD 2016 in Denver, I am reflecting on the experience and thinking, "How are we really doing in terms of showing the value of our training to stakeholders?" Here are my impressions, combined with data from a recently released report. 

On the positive side, there is tremendous interest in showing the business or organizational value of training. Hundreds of people attended the Kirkpatrick concurrent sessions to learn about how to "get to Kirkpatrick Levels 3 and 4" and how to build a better reaction sheet. Participation was lively; these topics clearly resonate with training professionals. 

Many people approached me and shared that they have only really accomplished evaluation at Levels 1 and 2; their goal is Levels 3 and 4. Karen, a training manager for a large U.S. corporation, said, "This is the year when I am going to get beyond training. We have selected a pilot program and we are working with supervisors to build a performance support plan. We split up the workload so that we each have to do a little bit to encourage the training graduates to use the new system, which will be installed in August. The usage rates and key metrics will be reported on a dashboard that everyone can view on the company intranet site. I am so excited that we are finally doing this!"

But how are we REALLY doing?


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SimplicityMy recent quest for simplicity and conservation in my personal life turned my thoughts toward how we can achieve more with less in our business, as well.

When trying to trim the fat, how do you choose what gets your time and other resources?

Read on to learn how we employ the Kirkpatrick Model to help us make these decisions.


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By Jim and Wendy Kirkpatrick, T+D Magazine September 2012 Thanks to our contributors Rob LaVanway and Billy McLeod for their efforts to implement t...

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Kirkpatrick Quick Tip Vol. 2: #5

What information do executives really want from training? How should this information be presented?

Listen to this seven-minute quick tip to find out the answers, and hear an example of how it was done successfully.

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Kirkpatrick Quick Tip Vol. 2: #4

We are avid fans of Level 3, and often call it the most important level.

It is still critically important to keep focus on Level 4 Results, however. Listen to this eight-minute quick tip to find out the reasons why.

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Kirkpatrick Quick Tip Vol. 2 #3

One of the most universal training challenges is to get application of what is learned in training on the job.

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Kirkpatrick Quick Tip Vol. 2 #2

Do you find the typical "smile sheet" data really compelling? If so, chances are you are a training professional. Your stakeholders, however, are typically looking for something else.

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Kirkpatrick Quick Tip Vol. 2 #1

To start your year right we have a gift for you: a free copy of the Kirkpatrick chapter, Chapter 20, of the ASTD Handbook of Measuring and Evaluating Training.

Unless evaluation results are effectively used, you have likely expended a lot of energy but stopped just short of realizing the ultimate purpose of training and learning - to improve organizational effectiveness.

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