Kirkpatrick's Four Levels of Training Evaluation: A Critique

The Performance Improvement Blog

At the end of Dan McCarthy’s blog post , “How to Evaluate a Training Program”, in which he explains his pre-post, survey approach to applying the Kirkpatrick four levels of training evaluation , he asks: Has anyone used a system like this, or something better? While better than nothing, for many training programs (as well as for coaching, mentoring, simulations, self-directed learning, etc.), That’s part of the learning process. Many organizational factors (e.g.,

Best practices on measuring the impact of organizational learning

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Learning measurement is one of those topics that constantly seems to need revisiting. 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. Read more: How many types of mentoring are there? Learning evaluation needs to be simpler. Ultimately, this will lead to a learning culture that is data driven.

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The Learning Alliance and the Four Levels of Training Evaluation

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In response to my blog post titled, “Kirkpatrick’s Four Levels of Training Evaluation: A Critique” , Wendy Kirkpatrick wrote a comment directing me to a white paper that she co-authored with Jim Kirkpatrick, "The Kirkpatrick Four Levels: A Fresh Look After 50 Years 1959 - 2009." That document describes updated thinking that the Kirkpatrick’s call “The Kirkpatrick Model”.

Learning to Learn from Evaluation of Learning

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The Kirkpatricks have four levels, the Phillips have ROI, and Brinkerhoff has the Success Case Method. Each approach to evaluation of training has something to contribute to assessing the impact of formal training on employee learning. The real value is in organizational learning from evaluation. Learning from evaluation depends on asking the right questions. What’s important here is to realize that questions like these are a tool for learning, not blame.

Year in Review in Learning - 2018

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With the publication of my new book, Minds at Work: Managing for Success in the Knowledge Economy , I have continued to focus my blog posts on a manager’s role in supporting continuous learning for all employees in the workplace. And I have examined an employee’s responsibility for continuous learning in the Knowledge Economy. 1) This Is What I Believe About Learning in Organizations. I wrote: The Purpose of Business is Learning. We wrote: Learning independently.

48 Books Every Aspiring Chief Learning Officer Should Read

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I might be biased, but being part of the learning and development community is not only fascinating but rewarding. But it’s also the reason that to be the best trainer/ training manager/ chief learning officer, you have to keep your learning and development top of mind too. Learning books (4). Learning technology books (2). Learning & business strategy books (4). Learning and Development Culture books (5). Learning books. Kirkpatrick.