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Starting with the end in mind is critical to any and every training program.

Attila, one of the Kirkpatricks' cats, had no problem defining his top of the mountain when he got a new scratching post. Instead of simply standing on the ground to groom his claws, he climbed to the top of it and started his exploration from there.

Take a page out of Attila’s book -- the next time you receive a training request, climb to the top of the mountain and discuss how it relates to the highest-level goals of your organization.

 

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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. 

Listen to the recording of our newest webinar, "First Things First: Getting Started with Kirkpatrick® Training Evaluation." 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 be demonstrated effectively 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. 

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Additional Resources

Kirkpatrick Four Levels® Evaluation Certification Program - Bronze Level


Kirkpatrick's Four Levels of Training Evaluation

MTA: Why the Kirkpatrick Model Works for Us


Getting to Kirkpatrick Levels 3 and 4: Creating Believable Value

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Jim and Wendy Kirkpatrick have two cats, Dena and Atilla. Many times, they watch their cats and see similarities to the challenges that people have with training evaluation.

This new series follows their cats, and photos of them in sticky situations, mirroring many situations in which training professionals find themselves. 

A number of years ago, Jim Kirkpatrick visited the Google headquarters in California. As one would expect from such a visionary organization, Jim enjoyed learning from them as much as they learned from him.

The unique Google culture relies heavily on peer-to-peer support and accountability. Employees share goals with each other, use the counsel of their peers to determine what training courses to take, and actively hold each other accountable for team-based performance goals. They even share their individual performance scorecards publicly to create a bit of healthy competition. In this type of environment, trainers can turn to the peers of training graduates to provide some of the post-training monitoring that is so critical to success.

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How do you connect training and evaluation to improved on-the-job performance and results?

Jim was working with a client a few years back that had won a number of industry awards for their training programs. One of their showcase programs was their new hire onboarding program. They were especially pleased with their Level 1 survey results. "We consistently average 4.8 on a 5-point scale! To be honest, we don't think we need to consider any changes to that program," they said.

Jim suggested that they add one question to their evaluation form: "I know what is expected of me as a result of attending this training."

They added the question, and to their dismay, most participants responded that they disagreed or strongly disagreed. After participating in a week of comprehensive training, few graduates had any idea what they were supposed to do with what they had learned when they started work the following Monday. 

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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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Have you checked out our Resources Library recently? We have added a number of new resources, which include:

1. 5 Questions with Jim and Wendy Kirkpatrick (Focus Magazine article)
2. Blended Evaluation Plan™ form samples
3. Evaluation Blunders and Missteps to Avoid (TD Magazine article)
4. Top Training Mistakes: Are You Making Them? webinar
5. How Do I Get Started With Evaluation? video

Not sure where to begin to find these resources? We've updated our Resources Library guide to help you out. 

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Have you implemented a new evaluation plan?

How is it going? Have you come away with any highlights or insights into the process?

Share your experiences, and read the experiences of other training professionals, in this Kirkpatrick Evaluation discussion group post in LinkedIn.

We're also curious to know -- What is one enhancement you will make this year to your training evaluation approach? Click here to share your answer.

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To help you get your year started right, we are happy to provide two free Kirkpatrick videos for your use. Here are some of the ways we think they may be helpful to you:

      • During a training team meeting, to open up a conversation about your overall departmental vision and role
      • As part of a train-the-trainer program
      • To educate new training professionals in the basics of training evaluation

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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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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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