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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Become a Strategic Partner Through Effective Training Evaluation #ASTD2014 @Jim_Kirkpatrick

Learning Visions

James Kirkpatrick, Senior Consultant Kirkpatrick Partners Sometimes we have to do the politically incorrect thing. It forms the foundation; defines roles, responsibilities, timelines; helps reach agreement.

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.

50 Years of the Kirkpatrick Model

Upside Learning

In the fifty years since, his thoughts (Reaction, Learning, Behavior, and Results) have gone on to evolve into the legendary Kirkpatrick’s Four Level Evaluation Model and become the basis on which learning & development departments can show the value of training to the business.

Training vs. Learning and the Role of Mobile Devices | Social.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.


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.

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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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?

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.

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.

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?

The Cultural Revolution

CLO Magazine

Developing courses, implementing learning management delivery systems and running evaluations based on Don Kirkpatrick’s groundbreaking four levels of training occupies a large portion of their time. The role should be viewed as an equal report into the CEO.”.

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.

The Real Truth about ROI – the Learning Performance Model

Learning Wire

the environmental downturn, demographic change, individualization, digitalization and technological convergence (Hay Group, 2015) play a big role in the changing economy. L&D plays an essential role in increasing employees’ competences.

Five Secret Mantras to Create Successful Online Simulations

CommLab India

This opens a horizon of doing and learning – a training where the learners are involved directly with their learning, keeping them motivated and involved as they play a decisive role in learning.

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.

The disillusionment of training

Learning Cafe

The Freedictionary provides the following description of disillusionment; “having lost one’s ideals, illusions, or false ideas about someone or something; disenchanted” I’ve been spending a lot of time recently thinking about the role of training in an organisation and my own journey in to the learning profession. Donald Kirkpatrick evaluation model.

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.


Promote Learning Transfer, Accelerate Strategy Execution

CLO Magazine

They remove knowledge foundation building and cohort social familiarization from workshop time, allowing these costly interventions to focus entirely on skill practice, role-play and feedback.

What is stopping companies from measuring learning: Skillsets, datasets, toolsets or mindsets?


This has invariably led to doubts among L&D professionals - and corporate leaders alike - about their role and relevance in the company''s overall structure. . Is your company''s learning and development strategy wedged between a rock and hard place?

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).

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.