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During the ATD International Conference and Expo 2016, Dr. Jay Brimstin presented a case study on how the Maneuver Center of Execellence (MCoE) conducted an evaluation of one of their training courses using the Kirkpatrick Model

The course that was evaluated was the Dismounted CIED Tactics Master Trainer course. Dr. Brimstin, the Deputy Director of the MCoE Directorate of Training and Doctrine, and Ms. Annie Hester, the Program Evaluation Office lead during the evaluation, described an evaluation effort in which they were able to demonstrate the effectiveness of the training course in improving units' operational effectiveness while conducting combat operations in Afghanistan. 

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# Paul Safyan
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 8:32 PM
What a wonderful, targeted study and exemplary display of the Kirkpatrick model. I hope our military takes notice and begins to incorporate this course into its plans for training all personnel. The safety measures alone justify this.
# Chuck Udell
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 9:25 PM
An excellent Kirkpatrick model case study which I really enjoyed reading - especially since one my first Kirkpatrick facilitator assignments was working with Jim Kirkpatrick to facilitate the Bronze Certification program for Annie Hester and others. I am so glad to see what was facilitated was being applied in theatre, shared at ATD and most important saved lives and injuries to our soldiers. Kudos to Annie for a great job done.
# Muhammad Sibtain
Thursday, February 16, 2017 6:50 AM
Very interesting case study indeed. I was especially interested in Level-4. Turns out that attribution of training to 'casualty' , in Level-4, is really difficult. In 'comparison 1,' we find that the casualty of Trained Unit is as high as 71% as compared to 21% of Untrained Units. This is because there may be so many other factors that may affect casualty.

As for levels 1-3, the results are as expected. I have done a similar work that can be found at

Thanks Annie for sharing your work. It encourages me to keep using the Kirkpatrick Model in my future evaluations.
# Kurt
Saturday, February 18, 2017 6:07 PM
Good example, certainly, and an easy one to see results - all four levels. In the case study, there is a citation - "The four-level model has been the gold standard for evaluating organizational training and provides a guide for the
kinds of questions that should be asked and the criteria for
each level (Bates,2004)." but no reference. Can you provide additional information for the "Bates, 2004" work?

Thank you.
# Shealy Kulp
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 11:44 AM
Hi Kurt,

I believe this is the reference that you are looking for.

Thank you,
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