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Entries for June 2016

Join Jim and Wendy Kirkpatrick on July 14 for their new webinar, "More Fatal Kirkpatrick® Model Execution Errors - Practical Tips for Identifying and Correcting Them."

This webinar follows the success of the March webinar, "Fatal Kirkpatrick® Model Execution Errors - Practical Tips for Identifying and Correcting Them," in which three different fatal errors were detailed. In this webinar, Jim and Wendy will share new and different errors for you to avoid, as well as tactics to assist you in designing and implementing training that really works. 


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One of the most common questions we hear at Kirkpatrick Partners is, "How do I get to Levels 3 and 4?" We are glad people are asking this crucial question because training really has no value unless it's applied on the job and subsequently contributes to organizational results. 

The good news is that "getting to Kirkpatrick Levels 3 and 4" is not as mysterious or difficult as it has been made to seem. In fact, over a dozen industry professionals have shared their experience and expertise in a discussion within the Kirkpatrick Evaluation discussion group in LinkedIn. 



Click here to see what they said. If you're not a member of the group, you will be prompted to join and will be able to begin participating immediately.

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Formaeva, our Kirkpatrick affiliate in France, recently hosted a public Kirkpatrick Four Levels® Evaluation Certification Program - Bronze Level

Click here to see photos of participants in pursuit of their Kirkpatrick bronze certifications. 

Interested in earning your bronze level certification, too? Click here for our schedule of upcoming programs.

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Marta Wilmoth, the recipient of the 2015 ATD Don Kirkpatrick Scholarship, has earned her bronze level certification and is implementing what she learned. 

Here she explains how she identified the missing link in her organization's evaluation strategy, and provides tips that can help you do the same.

Read on to learn about Marta's project and how she is climbing to the "top of the mountain."

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Our affiliate in Australia, GMD Partnerships, just finished hosting a Kirkpatrick Four Levels® Evaluation Certification Program - Bronze Level in Canberra, Australia.

This was also the first affiliate program to use our new book Kirkpatrick's Four Levels of Training Evaluation. The book currently is only available through our public programs, but it will be released publicly in October 2016. 


Click here to see the photos of the participants. 

Interested in earning your bronze level certification, too? Click here to view a full list of upcoming programs.

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​Back from a busy week at ATD 2016 in Denver, I am reflecting on the experience and thinking, "How are we really doing in terms of showing the value of our training to stakeholders?" Here are my impressions, combined with data from a recently released report. 

On the positive side, there is tremendous interest in showing the business or organizational value of training. Hundreds of people attended the Kirkpatrick concurrent sessions to learn about how to "get to Kirkpatrick Levels 3 and 4" and how to build a better reaction sheet. Participation was lively; these topics clearly resonate with training professionals. 

Many people approached me and shared that they have only really accomplished evaluation at Levels 1 and 2; their goal is Levels 3 and 4. Karen, a training manager for a large U.S. corporation, said, "This is the year when I am going to get beyond training. We have selected a pilot program and we are working with supervisors to build a performance support plan. We split up the workload so that we each have to do a little bit to encourage the training graduates to use the new system, which will be installed in August. The usage rates and key metrics will be reported on a dashboard that everyone can view on the company intranet site. I am so excited that we are finally doing this!"

But how are we REALLY doing?


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Do stakeholders value your training? 

Do stakeholders believe in your training?

If you answered "no" to either of these questions, you might be interested in a Kirkpatrick® Strategic Evaluation Planning Certificate Program

Formerly called the Kirkpatrick® Business Partnership Certificate Program, it has been renamed to better align with the content so that people can more easily understand what the course will help them to achieve.

In this program, you will learn how to build business partnerships and create collaborative plans to maximize business impact through all phases of the training and performance process. You will study worldwide best practices and share your own experiences in an interactive, conversational environment. You will use your own programs for application activities, so actual work gets completed during the session.

Contact us today to schedule your Kirkpatrick® Strategic Evaluation Planning Certificate Program.

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Between two presentations, a Community Express session and the soft launch of their new book, Jim and Wendy had a fun and productive time at the ATD 2016 conference last month.

Click here to see their photos from the conference.

Are you interested in other events where you can catch up with Jim and Wendy? Click here to see their 
other upcoming appearances

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First Things First: Getting Started with Kirkpatrick® Training Evaluation
February 1, 2017

Are you being asked to create or deliver training that "works," meaning it provides measurable performance improvement and enhances organizational results? You are not alone. Ironically, evaluating training value is often an afterthought, considered only after training is complete. 

Learn directly from Jim and Wendy Kirkpatrick, creators of the New World Kirkpatrick Model, how to start any training program right, so that value is built in and can effectively be demonstrated when it is complete. Even if you inherit existing training programs, you will find out how to incorporate small tactics that will make a big difference in creating training value. 

Don't miss Jim and Wendy Kirkpatrick's new webinar, "First Things First: Getting Started with Kirkpatrick® Training Evaluation" on March 2, 2017. Click here for more information


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October 3, 2016

We are excited to announce the release of our new book, Kirkpatrick's Four Levels of Training Evaluation.

Discover a complete blueprint for implementing the model in a way that truly maximizes business results. And delve into Jim and Wendy's new findings that, together with Don Kirkpatrick's work, create the New World Kirkpatrick Model, a powerful methodology that melds people with metrics.

Use the New World Model to better train people, improve the way you work, and, ultimately, contribute to your organization's most crucial goals without breaking the budget. 

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