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If you could ask Jim and Wendy Kirkpatrick any question you wanted, what would you ask them?

Tim Sosbe of Focus magazine sat down with Jim and Wendy to ask them 5 questions about their newest book, Kirkpatrick's Four Levels of Training Evaluation, and the four levels in general. 

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Jim and Wendy Kirkpatrick will both be hosting sessions at the ATD Core 4 Conference March 23-24 in Long Beach, California. 

First Things First: The Foundational Principles of Training Evaluation
Jim Kirkpatrick

During the 60 years that the Kirkpatrick Model has existed, practitioners around the world have done their best to faithfully implement it. Others have attempted to complicate it by adding more levels, changing the level, and otherwise re-articulating its elegant simplicity. Despite these efforts, what often occurs is little more than smile sheets, pre- and post-tests, and hoping for the best. It does not need to be that way. In this session, you will learn the Kirkpatrick Foundational Principles and the true four levels of training evaluation. You will obtain practical techniques to connect training and evaluation to improve on-the-job performance and subsequent business results. You will also leave with a sample evaluation form, as well as tips to better see how well your participants are reacting to your training and learning what they need to do back on the job. By attending this session, you will be able to:

      • Increase on-the-job application
      • Maximize results from training programs
      • Learn simple methods for evaluating training programs
Build a Better Reaction Sheet
Wendy Kirkpatrick

Have you been using the same evaluation form after your training programs for as long as you can remember? Are you struggling to get an acceptable response rate? Do you wonder what people really think of your training? Are you certain that you are even asking the right questions at each of the Kirkpatrick levels? Wendy Kirkpatrick will address these and other questions during this session. She will share the most modern and effective ways to obtain the data and information you need after your training programs using a blended evaluation approach. She will also provide specific tips that define what information to gather, when to obtain it, and how to ask the questions in a way that will yield the most useful information possible from your post-program evaluation efforts. You will receive a sample evaluation form to use and adapt for your own training programs. By attending this session, you will learn to:

      • Assess if your reaction sheet could be improved
      • Point the learner toward the ultimate purpose of training
      • Phrase questions to maximize credible data
      • Determine the best time to ask participants for input
Early bird registration for the conference ends January 31. Click here for more information and to register.

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Our affiliate in India, C2C Organizational Development, hosted a Kirkpatrick Four Levels® Evaluation Certification Program - Bronze Level in Gurgaon, India.

Click here to view photos of the participants working hard towards their Kirkpatrick certification. 

Interested in earning your certification? Click here to view our upcoming schedule. 

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I was sitting in front of an audience of 2,000 people in Calcutta, India in November of 2002 at the India Society for Training and Development (ISTD) annual conference. I was on stage as one of the three keynote speakers talking back-to-back-to-back on the future of learning in India. 

The first speaker was the head of the India Ministry of Education. The second was the head of the India Ministry for Learning and Development. The third, me, was a nervous fledgling in the field of L&D, the son of the famous Dr. Don Kirkpatrick

The first two speakers read directly from their notes, heads in the podium, in monotone voices. Their messages were ironically something about how we need to make learning more interactive, more personal and more dynamic.

Even though I was an unseasoned speaker, I could feel the audience slipping away. As the second orator finished, I had two thoughts. One was, "I am set up to fail; the audience is gone." The second was, "Well, I am not going down without a fight."

Thus, my defining moment was at hand. 

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Kirkpatrick Certified Facilitator Chuck Udell facilitated a Kirkpatrick Four Levels® Evaluation Certification Program - Bronze Level at Avangrid in Connecticut near the end of last year. 

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Greetings Colleagues and Friends,

Wendy and I were watching a sappy Hallmark Channel T.V. movie the other night about an orange cat bringing together two unlikely people to form a beautiful new relationship.

If was fun to watch, but a line in the movie really struck me. As the attractive female veterinarian was having lunch with the handsome young firefighter, she asked him, "What have been the defining moments in your life?" Wow. Talk about the fast track to get to know someone. 

After clearing away the blank look on his face, he told a brief story of a firefighter crashing through the window of his bedroom when he was seven years old to save his life. 

After the movie was over, I thought about how I would answer that question. What are my defining moments? 

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Our affiliate in China, OnDemand, hosted a Kirkpatrick Four Levels® Evaluation Certification Program - Bronze Level in November. 

Click here to view photos of the participants working towards their bronze certification.

Interested in becoming Kirkpatrick certified? Click here to view our 2017 schedule. If you don't see a program in your area, contact us for more information. 

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Written on December 22

Merriest of Greetings to You,

I just got off the phone with a customer, and we both took turns answering the question, "Are you ready for the holidays?" I am sorry to report that both of us said, "No. Still too much work to do."

It is a sad situation when we don't have time to enjoy the times leading up to the actual friends and family events unfolding this weekend and through the next week. Oh, well. Not much I can do about that now except to find moments of anticipation and readiness in between the ever-present work.

I always think of you, our friends and colleagues, during this time of the year. Many of your names and faces come into my mind and heart. I am so thankful for those of you who have added yourselves to the long list of ambassadors - bright lights- for our mission. Wendy, Ashley, Daniel, Shealy, Tammi and I take time to talk about you who have encouraged our spirits and helped others to see a bright future.

My simple suggestion is to take time to find quiet moments to enjoy and thank those whose spirits and hearts need warming. Tell them what they mean to you. This is especially important since many are people you see so infrequently. 

May this holiday season bring you joy and meaning amidst all of the noise.

Warm regards,

Jim Kirkpatrick

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Evaluation Blunders & Missteps to Avoid
November 9, 2016

The four levels is the most common training evaluation approach, but that doesn't mean it has been implemented correctly over time.

On the contrary, misconceptions and misapplication have reduced the simple effectiveness of the model. 

Click here for tips from Jim and Wendy Kirkpatrick on how you can avoid the most common blunders that frequently sabotage even the best-intentioned Kirkpatrick evaluation efforts. 

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

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