Donald Kirkpatrick’s four levels of training: Lessons from a Legend

Origin Learning

Kirkpatrick , Professor Emeritus, University Of Wisconsin first gave his ideas for a series of articles to be published in the Journal of American Society of Training Directors in the year 1959, hardly had anyone anticipated that this was to be the stuff of legend. When Donald L.

Kirkpatrick Revisited | Social Learning Blog

Dashe & Thomson

I have included Kirkpatrick’s Four Levels of Evaluation in every proposal I have ever written, and I wanted to hear from Kirkpatrick himself regarding his take on the current state of evaluation and whether his four levels are still viable.

Kirkpatrick Model Good or Bad? The Epic Mega Battle!

Will at Work Learning

In this third installment of the series, we''ve engaged in an epic battle about the worth of the 4-Level Kirkpatrick Model. Will: I want to pick on the second-most renowned model in instructional design, the 4-Level Kirkpatrick Model.

Why Is It Important To Benchmark Training?

Origin Learning

Donald Kirkpatrick’s four levels of evaluating training provide a useful framework to set benchmarks. Benchmarking plays the role of an eye-opener. “True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain, hazardous, and conflicting information ”. Winston Churchill.

Training vs. Learning and the Role of Mobile Devices

Dashe & Thomson

Through an interview with John Congemi, senior manager of retail learning and development, we learn that all training initiatives at Best Buy now center on the three pillars of ROLE: freedom, co-creation and a robust library of learning content.

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Alternatives to Kirkpatrick


While the Kirkpatrick taxonomy is something of a sacred cow in training circles—and much credit goes to Donald Kirkpatrick for being the first to attempt to apply intentional evaluation to workplace training efforts—it is not the only approach. Apart from being largely atheoretical and ascientific (hence, 'taxonomy', not 'model' or 'theory'), several critics find the Kirkpatrick taxonomy seriously flawed. More later on alternatives to the Kirkpatrick taxonomy.

Don Kirkpatrick’s Contribution to Learning & Development

CLO Magazine

More than that, he is great role model for us all and has continued to influence the profession with passion even in his eighties. I just saw an announcement that Don will retire from the speaking circuit this year. Few people have single-handedly made such an impact on our profession. I have known Don for years and his story is very interesting. Don got his start in learning when he was working on his Ph.D.

Top 5 Performance Support Apps for Learning Designers


Kirkpatrick’s Evaluation Model’ App. The Kirkpatrick’s Evaluation Model app is another support app from Orion Beadling that is designed to act as a convenient job aid to reference the core elements of Kirkpatrick’s Model of Evaluation.

Re-evaluating Evaluation | Social Learning Blog

Dashe & Thomson

And as time has gone by, I have started to wonder about the validity of Kirkpatrick in today’s world. The title was “Expanding ROI in Training Programs Using Scriven, Kirkpatrick, and Brinkerhoff,” which sounds pretty academic.

Measuring Training Effectiveness Through Gaming

Dashe & Thomson

Should we sit the client through a well-worn PowerPoint covering Kirkpatrick’s method, knowing that by the time the project is nearing its completion there will most likely be neither time nor budget for such frivolousness? So did Skyrim -as-training score well on the Kirkpatrick model?

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How Employee Performance determines the Success of Your Training Program


In the learning and development field, employee performance plays an integral role in determining the success of any training program. And for the sake of this post, we will stick to the most commonly used methodology – the Kirkpatrick Model.

Revisiting 70:20:10

Clark Quinn

In the book by Jos & Charles, along with their colleague Vivian Heijnen, on the topic, there’s a whole methodology that encompasses 5 roles and 28 steps. The framework’s role is to help people recognize this, and not leave the 70 and 20 to chance.

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Instructional Design: The Process – 1

Origin Learning

Measure the learning effectiveness with Kirkpatrick’s Four Levels of Training Evaluation. If we were to plot the three modalities, as below, it will clearlyindicate that the digital mode of training plays an important role in the other two modes of training.

Evaluating Training Effectiveness and ROI


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.

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The Most Important Learning Management System Features to Support Instructor-Led Courses

Absorb LMS

Enrolment into instructor-led sessions can be restricted to specific groups of learners based on any criteria (location, business function, role, etc.). In many organizations, workplace learning consists of getting people into a room to listen to an instructor.

Evaluating Training – Capturing the Benefits Aspect of ROI

Obsidian Learning

In the L&D world, we are all familiar with Kirkpatrick’s Four Levels of Evaluation. Pre-/post-test, test performance, demonstration, role play. Learning objectives map to Kirkpatrick’s Levels 1 and 2.

The Most Important Learning Management System Features to Support Instructor-Led Courses

Absorb LMS

Enrolment into instructor-led sessions can be restricted to specific groups of learners based on any criteria (location, business function, role, etc.). In many organizations, workplace learning consists of getting people into a room to listen to an instructor.

Interactivities in E-Learning – Part 1

CommLab India

Hence learners aren’t aware of how this course fits in their job role. Related Posts Is Kirkpatrick’s Model of Evaluating a Training Program The Best? Step 2 – Instructional Design Process Kirkpatrick’s Model of Evaluation – the Very Basics of the Model: Part 2.

5 time-saving tips for your next learner survey

Sponge UK

They can play a useful role in measuring your training as part of a wider evaluation strategy. On a basic level, you need to know their reaction to the experience (known as Level 1 in the Kirkpatrick model).

What’s the Best Way to Measure E-Learning Effectiveness?

Designing Digitally

With e-Learning playing an increasingly important role in the training of employees, what is the best way to assess the effectiveness of our efforts? Or is it better to measure e-Learning using an objective tool such as Kirkpatrick’s four-level training evaluation model?


Clark Quinn

First, if you haven’t seen it, you should check out the debate I had with the good Dr. Will Thalheimer over at his blog about the Kirkpatrick model. He’s upset with it as it’s not permeated by learning, and I argue that it’s role is impact, not learning design (see my diagram at the end). Sorry for the lack of posts this week; Monday was shot while I migrated my old machine to a new one (yay)! Tuesday was shot with catching up.

The Most Important Learning Management System Features to Support Instructor-Led Courses

Absorb LMS

Enrolment into instructor-led sessions can be restricted to specific groups of learners based on any criteria (location, business function, role, etc.). In many organizations, workplace learning consists of getting people into a room to listen to an instructor.

The MATRIX Blog turns 2!


We gathered 7 TED talks about how people learn, what motivation means, how to use positive psychology or games in the workplace, the role of the workplace, and other topics that could be of interest for learning and development professionals. Oh how time flies!

A Day in the Life of a Learning Objective

CLO Magazine

This dynamic sets in motion a systematic process to define and align the aforementioned five circles in order to maximize the role learning objectives play in effective curriculum design and development. What roles are critical to reach those objectives?

4 Ways Assessments Can Measure Learning Effectiveness

CommLab India

This blog post discusses how assessments play a key role in measuring learning outcomes and the ways assessments can gauge them. Professor Donald Kirkpatrick’s ‘Levels of Training Evaluation’ is one of the best models to assess training outcomes.

How to Rock Being a Training Leader


I'm not unfamiliar with the concept of training leadership, having spent many years in a training leadership role within a few companies. However, L&D is one of the few industry's where a training leadership role means one thing in one organization and have another somewhere else.

6 Tips To Maximize The Online Training ROI

EI Design

This is Kirkpatrick’s model of evaluation. You will note that each of these tips will influence different levels of Kirkpatrick’s model of evaluation. Research shows that nearly 20% of our learning happens from feedback and from observing our co-workers (peers, seniors, or role models).

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Start with the End in Mind

CLO Magazine

This approach is advocated by all the leaders in our field including Jack and Patti Phillips, Jim and Wendy Kirkpatrick, Roy Pollak, et al. Note: Although the Kirkpatricks don’t focus on it, I know they would agree the learning investment must make sense financially.

Calculating the ROI of training – ensuring the L&D budget


The Kirkpatrick model of training evaluation has the fourth level that is aiming to measure the results but it only takes things as far as checking if the information taught is being transferred on the job. If that’s not possible, a case study or a well-designed role-play can be used instead.

It’s All About the Brand, ‘Bout the Brand…

Learning Rebels

Are we communicating to best of our abilities the role of learning in an organization? The VP of Finance can tell you in a nano-second what their role is, and where it fits in the big picture – L&D needs to be able to do the same.

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The Path to a Diverse, Vibrant Tech Community

General Assembly

While on active duty in 1997, GA President and COO Scott Kirkpatrick served as a military social aide to President Bill Clinton in the White House. In 2017, General Assembly expanded social impact programs to break down barriers for underrepresented groups to pursue careers in tech.

Content Creation and Curation in eLearning – Make the Difference Work

CommLab India

However, knowing the difference between content curation and content creation is not enough, and we need to define the roles that each of them play individually, as well as together, in eLearning.

Measuring And Evaluating Learning – The Top Skill For L&D Teams

Upside Learning

Even though it is a challenge to prove training/learning’s effect beyond Kirkpatrick’s level 1 & 2 -senior management continues to ask for numbers so here we are – the L&D folks want that skill the most. Recent research by ASTD and REED Learning reveals that measuring and evaluating learning is the top-most skill L&D teams are looking for.

The Learner, 70:20:10 and Customer Experience

Wonderful Brain

Firstly, it’s important to clear off the Kirkpatrick levels. What I suggest is a different way of thinking about the learner perhaps reflected in Kirkpatrick but not aligned to its grid like way of organizing learner uptake.

Servant Leadership: From Coast Guard to Education

General Assembly

By Scott Kirkpatrick While on active duty in 1997, I served as a military social aide to President Bill Clinton in the White House. Our first story is by Scott Kirkpatrick, General Assembly’s president and COO. Like the military, working in education allows me to serve others.

Procurement and the LMS – Friend or Foe?

eLearning 24-7

I mean, they must be well versed in the best methods for training/learning, what makes a successful trainer, how people learn, the Kirkpatrick thing (if you are still a fan of it), and oh, oh ADDIE. I guess when it came time to hire those 3rd party instructors, they must have played a huge role in that.


Free learning & development webinars for August 2017

Limestone Learning

Introduce employees to new, better roles. Identify leadership’s role in influencing workplace culture. What jobs and roles do the modern SMEs start to embrace? In this webcast, we’ll discuss the role that talent development plays in each of these key programs.