Kirkpatrick’s Four Levels of Evaluation


It was while writing his thesis in 1952 that Donald Kirkpatrick became interested in evaluating training programs. In a series of articles published in 1959, he prescribed a four-stage model for evaluating training programs, but it was not until 1994, that he published “ Evaluating Training Programs: The Four Levels “ According to Kirkpatrick, evaluating training programs is necessary for the following reasons: 1.



It was while writing his thesis in 1952 that Donald Kirkpatrick became interested in evaluating training programs. According to Kirkpatrick, evaluating training programs is necessary for the following reasons: 1. The four-level model developed by Kirkpatrick is now universally used in gauging training effectiveness. At this stage, evaluation moves beyond participants’ reactions to the newly acquired knowledge, skills, and attitude of the learners if any.


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Kirkpatrick’s Four-Level Approach to Assessing Training Outcomes. In his well-known book Four Levels of Training Evaluation , industry expert Donald Kirkpatrick established a trusted method to help training developers and HR specialists measure the effectiveness of their training initiatives. The first order of business is to assess how learners react to the course by asking… What did participants think about the course?

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According to Dr. Don Kirkpatrick, there are three reasons to evaluate a training program: To know how to improve future training programs. In my previous blog, I presented a brief introduction to the Kirkpatrick’s Model of Evaluation and its impact on training 1. According to Dr. Don Kirkpatrick, there are four levels of evaluation of any training program. Conduct an assessment during training. Conduct an assessment after training.

What is the Kirkpatrick Model of Learning Evaluation?

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So, learn from the sagely wisdom of Donald Kirkpatrick – a hero of learning evaluation. Attitude : They are persuaded that it is a worthwhile task to do. Whilst quizzes can be used to assess how much knowledge has been learned, assessing skill, attitude, confidence and commitment require something a bit craftier. They offer the perfect opportunity to assess all five levels of stage 2 learning! If you do, you need Kirkpatrick’s model.

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The most widely used (at least in theory) method of evaluating training programs is the four-level model developed by Donald Kirkpatrick. Learning – The new knowledge, skills, and attitudes gained from the course. Behavior – How well the new knowledge, skills, and attitudes are applied on the job. Featured Posts Learning & Development MOOC Training behavior Kirkpatrick model learning Reaction results training roi

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The Kirkpatrick four levels of training evaluation. This checklist is a tool for assessing the quality of the course before it is deployed. The most commonly used method of accomplishing this is Kirkpatrick’s Four Levels of Evaluation. Kirkpatrick and Kirkpatrick (2006) compare it to measuring customer satisfaction and note that when learners are satisfied with training, they are more motivated to learn. Kirkpatrick, D. L., & Kirkpatrick, J.

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Many rely on the Kirkpatrick Model , which offers four levels of evaluation: Level 1: Reaction – The degree to which employees find the training favorable, engaging and relevant to their jobs. Level 2: Learning – The degree to which employees acquire the intended knowledge, skills, attitude, confidence and commitment based on their training participation. Be wary of standard assessments. While standard assessments like Level 1 (i.e.

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At G Cube, we use Kirkpatrick’s Model to assess the value of training. We determine the reaction of learners to the training, determine the level of learning that has taken place, and probe how they intend to use their new expertise, knowledge, or attitude within their workplace.

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You are likely familiar with Kirkpatrick’s model 1 of the 4 levels of evaluation: The higher you go up the levels, the more time and resources required, but the better the information you obtain. To measure positive change at Level 2, we can give pre and post quizzes to assess if knowledge on a specific subject has increased. The best Level 3 assessments involve the evaluation of the behavior of the learner by others – a supervisor, mentor, or peer – for more objective assessment.

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This blog is the 5 th part of the Kirkpatrick series that I have been writing about over the last few weeks. Part 1 , Part 2 , and Part 3 of this series dealt with the Kirkpatrick Model of evaluating a training program. A change in the learner’s attitude. Methods to measure: Tests and assessments are conducted before the training as well as after the training to measure the amount of knowledge gained through the training program.

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Before the rise of big data, instructors had to rely on periodic tests and assessments to judge the progress of their learners. Every time a user interacts with a learning module, forum, assessment, or communication tool, the LMS records, and stores that information.

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In this context, the adoption of assessment methodologies becomes a critical imperative for businesses and training organizations. The exercise is fairly simple as long as we stick to formulas, but in order to determine the ROI of a training program, we need to collect data through assessment and evaluation of what knowledge and skills were gained and what behaviors have changed. In the L&D world, we are all familiar with Kirkpatrick’s Four Levels of Evaluation.

Evaluating Training Effectiveness and ROI


What reason is there to conduct further trainings if the benefits of the ones already conducted have not been assessed? Luckily, there exists an all-purpose tool widely used by managers responsible for internal training processes - Donald Kirkpatrick’s Learning Evaluation Model. The Donald Kirkpatrick’s Learning Evaluation Model consists of four levels: Level 1. It is this fifth level that helps to assess the financial viability of training, its costs and benefits.

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Are learning objectives really that important?

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If the course theme inspires me and I decide to register, I take the attitude of ‘take me along on your journey and I’ll decide for myself what I take home…’. The predetermined objectives approach was first introduced in a school-based setting in 1932 by Ralph Tyler, an influential American educator, specialised in assessment and evaluation. Yet, the evaluation models most talked about in the e-learning sector (Kirkpatrick and Phillips) do exactly that.

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4) Kirkpatrick Model. The Kirkpatrick Model will help you build the kind of training evaluation form you need. Similar to Bloom’s taxonomy , the Kirkpatrick Model is a four-level, triangular-shaped model: reaction, learning, behavior, results.

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When training programs have been completed and assessment scores demonstrate an average 85% achievement rate, managers expect to see the performance figures rise too. Many times, the assessment scores of a particular eLearning training program will not translate into an actual performance improvement. Sometimes, trainees scoring poorly at the eLearning summative assessment will perform very well in the work context. At the third level, behavior changes are assessed.

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Once these costs have been compiled, the next step is to assess the results. This will include assessing significant changes to cognitive outcomes, or how much information was learned as evidence by improvement in work, improvement in the quantity and quality of production and improvement in motivation and positive attitude. To evaluate this effectively, it’s worth considering following Donald Kirkpatrick’s 4-level model of evaluation.

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There is a method for finding this out called the Kirkpatrick Model for evaluating training effectiveness. According to the Kirkpatrick Model, Level 1 addresses the degree to which trainees “react favorably to the training.” Level 2 addresses the degree to which “participants acquire the intended knowledge, skills, attitudes, confidence, and commitment based on their participation in a training event.” In practice, this is where assessments, quizzes, and tests come into play.

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The framework for learning evaluation and measurement embraced by most in the industry starts with Kirkpatrick. The framework for learning evaluation and measurement embraced by most in the industry starts with Kirkpatrick. Kirkpatrick is now retired and the honorary chairman of Kirkpatrick Partners LLC, a learning and evaluation consultancy led by his son, James, and his daughter-in-law, Wendy.

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By conducting an accurate assessment of development needs, especially for their diverse and foreign-born population, and ensuring that the right strategies and tools are in place to promote career growth, organizations can tackle the skills and retention challenge head-on.

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The Kirkpatrick model still stands as a beacon in this sea of continuous renewal but there is the poignant need for a different approach to measuring everything from engagement to impact of training programs. As a result, assessment of L&D interventions should also tap into the potential digitization offers and make things simpler. These will quantify impact by targeting specific attitudes and behaviors and quantifying the extent to which they are changed or altered.

Metrics for Measuring Training Effectiveness


Metrics are quantifiable measures to track, monitor and assess whether your employees have learned and can apply the knowledge acquired through these e-learning opportunities. The tried-and-true Kirkpatrick evaluation method was developed in the 1950’s by University of Wisconsin professor Donald Kirkpatrick. Behavior – understand how the course has impacted learner’s performance and attitudes.

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eLearning doesn’t really measure, or have the capacity to measure, “Kirkpatrick Level 3 – Transfer of knowledge”, let alone think about Level 4. Most measure “Reaction – Kirkpatrick Level 1”, the better examples try to measure “Learning – Kirkpatrick Level 2”. Here’s what I do to try and keep myself on track: Always agree the Objectives first and then agree how we are going to assess them.

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The second misconception we are denouncing is the Kirkpatrick’s Evaluation process to determine the effectiveness of the training materials. The Near Perfect Corporate Training Research indicates the following six strategies that will enable training managers to align training goals with corporate goals: Aligning training goals with corporate goals: Use a TNA (Training Needs Analysis) assessment process.

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They gain agreement with stakeholders about content, audience, time on learning and assessment and the larger components of an experience. Moreover, when it was accepted by many managers as ‘good enough’ the die was cast for the attitudes we see now in learning design and development. I don’t believe there has been a study conducted on performance improvement or even a Kirkpatrick view of which types of courses yield intended results. This could be a story about buggy whips.

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Evaluation: The fifth phase of the ADDIE instructional systems design process; its purpose is to assess the quality of the training materials prior to and after implementation and the ISD procedures used to generate the instructional products. Components include learner group identification, general characteristics, numbers, and location, experience level, attitude, and skills that impact the design and delivery of training.

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Therefore, indicators and measures used to directly assess the impact of L&D on business outcomes generally have low validity, meaning that there is no academic evidence that supports this notion. The intervention assessment implies a two-step measurement of (1) the impact from L&D on employee performance and (2) eventually from employee performance on the business goals.

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He also planned and developed surveys for senior military officers to determine attitudes and reactions to joint professional military education. There he monitored and oversaw organization-wide performance management programs and conducted department-wide training needs assessments. ” Getting the Grades To gauge the effectiveness of these recent additions, Ruth’s team employs Kirkpatrick levels one and two and uses a series of internally created summative evaluations.

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