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Kirkpatrick Quick Tip Vol. 2 #18

Demonstrating training value works best with a combination of quantitative and qualitative evidence. Numeric data that supports the contribution that training has made to the organization is necessary and important, but it is only part of the story of value that needs to be told.

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Kirkpatrick Quick Tip Vol. 2 #17

Training is often mistakenly viewed as the end of a journey rather than the beginning.


After training, participants have the sometimes daunting task of performing newly learned behaviors on the job. It is reassuring to them to know that they will not be left to figure it out on their own.

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Kirkpatrick Quick Tip Vol. 2 #16

"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" is etched in the granite wall of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Langley headquarters in the Washington, D.C. area.

Applied to training evaluation, this statement means that the focus should be on discovering and uncovering the truth along the four levels path.

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Kirkpatrick Quick Tip Vol. 2 #15

Have you ever been teaching an online program and thought, "Anyone out there?" Us too.

Here are some methods that we use during our virtual programs to "pull up a (virtual) chair" using the Adobe Connect platform.

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Kirkpatrick Quick Tip Vol. 2 #14

Metrics provide evidence of program value, but they are not always the best way to discover the truth during training and follow up. 

During the training program, the trainer should occasionally close the facilitator’s guide, pull up a chair and simply ask participants how the material is being received.

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Kirkpatrick Quick Tip Vol. 2 #13

This week, we take a look at how the four levels have been expanded to work not just for training initiatives or learning and performance functions, but also for individuals.

Listen to this three-minute quick tip where Jim Kirkpatrick discusses how performance can be created one person at a time to impact your entire training initiative.

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Kirkpatrick Quick Tip Vol. 2 #12

Sign-off is a common term for obtaining key stakeholder buy-in for an initiative. Unfortunately it sets the wrong tone by implying that all executives have to do is sign an agreement, provide funding and then sit back and let training execute the program.

For your next initiative, have a "signing on" meeting to discuss the active and ongoing role stakeholders and others will play in the success of the initiative. Assign roles and responsibilities, and create deadlines and reporting timelines. 

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In this seven-minute interview, Don and Jim Kirkpatrick discuss how Don's first year of retirement from public speaking is going and what's been keeping him busy.

Additionally, the Kirkpatrick's give a sneak preview of their latest book,
The Brunei Window Washer, which is available for online order on May 23rd.

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