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MTA: Why the Kirkpatrick Model Works for Us


Every year at the ATD conference, Charles Denault makes it a point to attend the Kirkpatrick session. He is always learning something new about evaluating and demonstrating the value of learning programs. This past spring, he had the good fortune of sitting next to Michael Wiedecker, Director of Operations Training at the Maryland Transit Administration.

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Are You Getting Kirkpatrick Evaluation Right?


On October 12, Jim and Wendy Kirkpatrick conducted a webinar with Training Magazine Network called, " Getting Kirkpatrick Evaluation Right - Case Examples and Tips from Practitioners. ". These practitioners have implemented the model in government, military and corporate organizations

State of Training Evaluation: How Are We Really Doing?


​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. But how are we REALLY doing

How Are You Adding Value to Your Organization?


​Luc Vandenboomgaerde is a training manager for ADP in France. He participated in a Kirkpatrick Four Levels ® Evaluation Certification Program - Bronze Level hosted by our French affiliate, Formaeva, in April 2015. Read Luc's testimony to see how the Kirkpatrick methodology changed the way he and ADP view his role and the training department

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Ignoring This Simple Step Could Derail Your Training Efforts


Elizabeth is a training professional who was asked to design a leadership development program. She went ahead and created a program, but did so without having the end result in mind. At the end of the program, it was not clear what results the program was supposed to produce. What could Elizabeth have done differently? But why do we evaluate training programs

Practical Tips for Creating a Culture of Performance: Encouraging the On-the-Job Performance You Want


​ This series is about how to maximize the on-the-job performance of employees through required drivers. Our first quick tip was about monitoring performance. How do you know it's occurring if it isn't somehow checked? The second quick tip was about reinforcement. This week, we want to continue with another way to support on-the-job application -- encouragement.

Simple Rewards for Good Performance: How Can Training Contribute to On-the-Job Performance?


Our quick tip series so far has covered monitoring , reinforcing and encouraging employees. Today, we look at the final major piece of the required driver package- rewarding. As it relates to training and performance, a broad view of the concept of rewards is often beneficial so you are not beholden to financial realities of a volatile economy or budget.

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Implement This Package Approach to Maximize Performance


​I just got off the phone with two curriculum and evaluation leaders from the University of Southern California. One of the topics they were most interested in discussing was the required driver package for their graduating doctoral students. They understand

Transform Your Video Strategy for Enterprise Learning & Communication

We sat down with Tom Clancy, former CLO of EMC, to discuss the role of video in the future of enterprise learning and communication.

The Latest Way to Evaluate the Effectiveness of Your Training Programs


​Blended Evaluation™ is the latest way to evaluate the effectiveness of your training programs. Are you using it? Blended evaluation is purposeful; it is based on information required to make good training decisions (usefulness) and provide the data required by stakeholders to fund it (credibility). Blended evaluation is then deliberate in that it is based on purpose.

Evaluation Blunders & Missteps to Avoid


By Jim and Wendy Kirkpatrick , T+D Magazine , November 2016. The four levels is the most common training evaluation approach, but that doesn't mean it has been implemented correctly over time. On the contrary, misconceptions and misapplication have reduced the simple effectiveness of the model. Here is a summary of the most common training evaluation mistakes. Are you making them? Click here to read the full article

Do You Really Know the Four Levels?


On October 13, Jim and Wendy Kirkpatrick , in cooperation with ATD, presented a webinar entitled, "Kirkpatrick's Four Levels of Training Evaluation: Do You Really Know the Four Levels?". Don Kirkpatrick's groundbreaking four levels of training evaluation is the most widely used training evaluation model in the world. But how many variations of "Kirkpatrick" are in use today? And what number of misassumptions and faulty practices have crept in over 60 years? The reality is, quite a few. Identify tactics to get beyond Kirkpatrick Levels 1 and 2. Click here to listen to the recording.

The Story Behind Kirkpatrick's Four Levels of Training Evaluation


​Greetings Friends and Colleagues, I am pleased to say that October 1, 2016 is the day a cutting-edge new book on training evaluation officially hits the market. It is called Kirkpatrick's Four Levels of Training Evaluation , and the publisher is ATD Press. Perhaps you are wondering who the authors are. Well, at the bottom of the cover, it says, " James D. and Wendy Kayser Kirkpatrick. " At the top you will find the words, "Based on the Groundbreaking Work of Donald L. Kirkpatrick." While all of that is true, there is much more to the story.

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My ATD 2016 Reflections


Wendy and I are back in the office after an exciting time in Denver for the annual ATD International Conference and Expo. This was my 15th year attending and presenting. During my few minutes of reflection on the 3 days we spent in Denver, I am reminded that each of those years had its own unique flavor. From my vantage point, it was not a soft launch at all.

Read the Final Words Don Kirkpatrick Left Just for You


May 9, 2016 will mark two years since Don's passing. It is still hard. It is also good. still hear his words of guidance and encouragement when I re-read articles he wrote or view videos of him teaching. I am still reminded of who he was when I look at his picture in my office, or put his final birthday card to me on our mantle, or when I fish in a trout stream in his beloved Wisconsin.

Are You a Company Ambassador, or Just a Trainer?


While on vacation recently, Wendy and I were having a mid-afternoon snack when this guy sat down with us. He introduced himself as Gary and said he was on the staff of the place where we were staying. Gary was friendly yet considerate of ‘not overstaying his welcome’ as we talked about the food, weather and island activities. You guessed it, Gary. Is he their public relations manager?

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Countering Our Failure to Connect with the Business


Did you miss ATD's Core4 Conference last week? Don't worry; we have recapped the key points here. The energy prior to my session was tremendous. packed room eagerly awaited the presentation of "First Things First: The Foundational Principles of Training Evaluation." The three key points of the presentation were

Skill based learning – How it drives an organization’s performance

Training and learning organizations today play an active role in contributing to the bottom line of any organization by aligning their objectives to the immediate business objectives. This provides a solid ground for cost justification and encourages businesses to place training groups right where they should be, at the heart of a growing, thriving, learning culture.

Keeping the End in Sight


​Marta Wilmoth was our 2015 ATD Don Kirkpatrick Scholarship winner. She has earned her bronze level certification and is implementing what she learned. In her second update, Marta explains why keeping the end in sight is crucial to implementing her training program. Did you miss Marta's first update? Click here to read it

Protect Your Training Investment from the Birds


One morning while on vacation, Wendy and I went through the resort's buffet line for breakfast. We got our food, set it down at a table by the pool and then left the table for about four minutes to get our beverages and talk to a fellow guest. When we returned, our breakfast was being ravaged by local birds. Eggs, potatoes, bread and fruit were being eaten, tossed about and generally destroyed.

Practical Ways That Anyone Can Enhance Employee Performance


​ Beginning in 2007, during the early development of Kirkpatrick Partners , plans and actions were drafted to ensure the maximization of both Levels 3 and 4. This still occurs today with continuous evaluation and improvement. Required drivers are defined as processes and systems that reinforce, monitor, encourage or reward performance of critical behaviors on the job.

Are You Sure You're Using the Kirkpatrick Model Correctly?


On July 14, in cooperation with Training Magazine Network, the Kirkpatricks presented their newest webinar, More Fatal Kirkpatrick ® Model Execution Errors - Practical Tips for Identifying and Correcting Them. This webinar follows the success of our March webinar, Fatal Kirkpatrick ® Model Execution Errors - Practical Tips for Identifying and Correcting Them , in which 3 different fatal errors were detailed. This new webinar shared new and different errors for you to avoid, as well as tactics to assist you in designing and implementing training that really works.

Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success

Off-the-shelf elearning is applicable for a wide audience, but it won’t address your organization’s unique situations or distinctive content. So are these courses all that helpful? For sure! Read on for 7 secrets to make off-the-self learning your own.

Why the Opt-Out Option is Costing You Valuable Information


How often are you providing an opt-out option in your post-training surveys ? Did you know that by allowing your participants to opt-out, you could be losing valuable information? Reaction sheets often contain an option labeled "Not Applicable." This choice is appropriate when respondents may not have the information or experience to answer; however, the opt-out choice should be used strategically and not provided as an option for all items. Allowing respondents to skip questions for which they certainly hold an opinion results in the loss of valuable information

Three Critical Ways to Use Evaluation Results


In this final update, Rob Berry, winner of the 2014 ATD VOS Don Kirkpatrick Scholarship , describes why his participation in our bronze certification program came at the perfect time for his organization, and how what he learned enabled him to establish effective processes and evaluation methods. Read on to find out the three critical ways that his team used their results

Is Your Reaction Sheet Leaving You Hanging?


Have you been using the same evaluation form after your training programs for as long as you can remember? Are you still struggling to get an acceptable response rate? Do you wonder what people really think of your training? Are you certain that you are even asking the right questions? Take our fun quiz to find out if it's time to update your reaction sheet.

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This Fatal Evaluation Error Could Cost You Your Job


Just because the Kirkpatrick Model is the most-used training evaluation model in the world does not mean that it is always implemented correctly. Are you making fatal execution errors without even realizing it? Read on to learn how your well-intentioned efforts to show the impact of your training programs could cost you your job

Leaving performance reviews behind: Where to start [Guide]

Is your company ready to move beyond the annual performance review? Where do you start? What are the keys to success? In this guide, you’ll gain an understanding of: the forces driving change, three foundations of success and take a deep dive into the skills gap many managers have that will sink your efforts before they start and how to address them.

Have You Seen Our Newest Pinterest Board?


Have you seen our Pinterest board dedicated to Kirkpatrick's Four Levels of Training Evaluation ? The board has special thoughts from Jim about the information in the new book, book reviews, fun pictures of Kirkbook, infographics and more. Click here to view the board. What is Kirkpatrick's Four Levels of Training Evaluation about

Are You Intimidated by Kirkpatrick Levels 3 and 4?


Kirkpatrick Levels 3 and 4 have intimidated training professionals for decades. Some think they have cracked the code with a highly standardized 90-day post-training survey , but this is not adequate and could even be counterproductive. Others think that 360-degree surveys are the key, but this is not a complete solution either. The time for being intimidated is over. Getting to Kirkpatrick Levels 3 and 4 is not as difficult, time-consuming or expensive as many believe. Our first tip to conquer this challenge is to remember that the end is the beginning

And the Winners Are.


Congratulations to the winners of our Kirkpatrick's Four Levels of Training Evaluation giveaway! The winners are: 1. Zubeida Kudoos. 2. Kate Niblett. 3. Jessica Watts. We hope that the winners and all of you who read our book will use the information given to better train people, improve the way you work and, ultimately, contribute to your organization's most crucial goals without breaking the budget

Evaluation Tips from the Tropics #1: A Storm Is Brewing


As many of you know, I'm always thinking about how real world things relate to training and training evaluation. Wendy and I recently took a trip to Turks and Caicos, and I found myself taking pictures of the beach that made me think about the Kirkpatrick Model and training

Quality Control process for E-Learning

Quality assurance is often reduced to correcting errors in a nearly completed learning product. But creating a quality assurance process that influences decisions throughout production reduces the amount of revisions. This is the final step to ensuring that e-Learning applications are not themselves a barrier to learning

Secrets for Getting to Kirkpatrick Levels 3 and 4


​ One of the most common questions we hear at Kirkpatrick Partners is, "How do I get to Levels 3 and 4?" We are glad people are asking this crucial question because training really has no value unless it's applied on the job and subsequently contributes to organizational results. The good news is that "getting to Kirkpatrick Levels 3 and 4" is not as mysterious or difficult as it has been made to seem. In fact, over a dozen industry professionals have shared their experience and expertise in a discussion within the Kirkpatrick Evaluation discussion group in LinkedIn.