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L&D professionals must utilize effective training evaluation in order to gauge the success of their initiatives. Are you unsure where to start?

Listen to this Kirkpatrick audio clip. Don Kirkpatrick provides a four levels overview including the 10 requirements for an effective program.

Jim Kirkpatrick wraps things up by covering business partnership and the five purposes of evaluation.

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This question has been asked for decades if not longer. Within your organization, how do you answer it?

Enjoy this article that asks--and answers--this probing question.

Click here to read this piece written by Don and published with permission from the Association for Talent Development ( and TD magazine ( The PDF is best viewed on a PC rather than a mobile device.

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Thoughts from Jim Kirkpatrick, PhD

"Influencing stakeholders: Build a compelling case for a business partnership approach to learning and performance, not isolation."​

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The Kirkpatricks receive many questions about training evaluation, and how to use the Kirkpatrick Model for maximum organizational benefit.

Often, concerns distill down to two distinct yet common questions. Both are particularly crucial when resources are limited.

Don Kirkpatrick provided timeless answers to these queries below or click here for a downloadable PDF (best viewed on a PC versus a mobile device).

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Throughout May, we remember Don Kirkpatrick and celebrate his contributions to the training industry. Enjoy this legacy piece penned by Don. The concepts are timeless and applicable even today.

Who Says You Can't Get There From Here?
From Level 2 to Level 3

By Donald Kirkpatrick, Ph.D.

In case you aren't familiar with them, I'd better start out by defining the Four Levels of Evaluation. In 1959, I wrote a series of articles for the journal of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD). The articles were based on my Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Wisconsin. The subject was "Evaluating a Human Relations Training Program for Supervisors."

The articles focused on the four different levels of evaluation that I had used to evaluate the training program under discussion. Level 1 was Reaction; Level 2 was Learning; Level 3 was Behavior, and Level 4 was Results. I described the Four Levels as follows:

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When I developed the four levels in the 1950s, I had no idea that they would turn into my legacy. I Don_Web Use 2014simply needed a way to determine if the programs I had developed for managers and supervisors were successful in helping them perform better on the job. No models available at that time quite fit the bill, so I created something that I thought was useful, implemented it, and wrote my dissertation about it.

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Read Dr. Don Kirkpatrick's latest article in Training Magazine. In this article, Don discusses how training and performance appraisal can work hand in hand if the appraisal looks ahead at what can be done to improve employee performance.

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Training Magazine asked me to write the final "Last Word" column for 2011.

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Kirkpatrick Conference Appearance Schedule Released

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Early Bird Savings for 2019 Kirkpatrick Programs Now Available
November 12, 2018

Our 2019 calendar has been updated with all U.S. Kirkpatrick public program dates and many international dates, too. Registration is open, and early bird savings is available. Click here for dates and details.

Kirkpatrick Book Named to Must-Read List for Trainers
September 24, 2018

The best-selling book, Kirkpatrick's Four Levels of Training Evaluation, has been named to a list of must-reads for training professionals. Click here for more.

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What a success our book, Kirkpatrick's Four Levels of Training Evaluation, has been! It hit #1 in training books on yesterday! Thank you, thank you, thank you to those of you who purchased it, reviewed it, clicked "yes" that you found reviews helpful, or simply visited the page.

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