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Welcome to the Kirkpatrick Partners blog, where we strive to share the most pertinent training and evaluation related tips and thoughts each week. Please check back often, or simply subscribe to our RSS feed to be sure you never miss an update.

Not long ago, Wendy Kirkpatrick asked if training professionals could answer this one simple question about their most important programs. Some could. For others, it was a struggle.

Wendy is back with tips on what to try when you just can't get a seat at the table. Avoid the frustration. Arm yourself with the knowledge to move beyond training and into business partnership territory.

Hear the story of how this information improved work--and life--for one trainer. Tune in to Wendy's recent in-studio radio interview with Stone Payton and Lee Kantor of Business RadioX.

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These registrants (left and right; Kirkpatrick certified facilitator Myung-Ae Lee is center) work to earn their Kirkpatrick bronze certification in Seoul, South Korea. Earn yours, too, right where you are, live online or in person.

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Thoughts from Jim Kirkpatrick, PhD

"How do you know when you are becoming a strategic business partner? When you think and write in terms of performance objectives"

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Thoughts from Jim Kirkpatrick, PhD

"Save training dollars: Use a Blended Evaluation Plan® instead of attempting to measure/monitor the four levels as separate buckets." ​

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Mission success is critical for most organizations, but for some, like NASA, successful missions are a matter of life and death. 

Jim Kirkpatrick's co-authored article featured in the May issue of TD
Magazine, shares valuable lessons other companies can learn from NASA's experience.

Read how the Kirkpatrick Model helped successfully shape NASA's approach to training and how your organization can do the same.

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Kirkpatrick Bronze in Mumbai: This group works as a team during a recent bronze certification program in India. Kirkpatrick Certified Facilitator Preethi Rao with Kirkpatrick affiliate C2C.

Earn your Kirkpatrick certification from virtually anywhere in the world. Click here to review our complete program calendar including in-person and online options. All programs are conducted live.

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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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Kirkpatrick Conference Appearance Schedule Released

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TechKnowledge 2019 
Thursday, February 7

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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.

Kirkpatrick's Four Levels of Training Evaluation Hit #1 on Amazon
November 6, 2016

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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