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Last week, we shared some pertinent tips from Dr. Matthew Champagne for creating surveys that generate meaningful feedback. Click here if you missed his guest blog post.

This week, Dr. Champagne shares a special offer with members of the Kirkpatrick Community.

Get Your Free Copy of The Survey Playbook
by Dr. Matt Champagne

Survey Playbook

Do you create or administer surveys or evaluation forms for instructors, customers, students, members or employees? 

Are you responsible for interpreting and acting on the results of these surveys?

Are you like me - someone who is frustrated with evaluation forms and surveys that are poorly constructed and not worth my time?

 

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On September 4-5, Kirkpatrick Certified Facilitator Linda Hawk traveled to Texas to facilitate a bronze certification program with the USCIS, a division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Click here to see photos from the program.

Are you interested in earning your Kirkpatrick bronze level certification, too? Click here to see our upcoming program offerings.

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The What, Where, How, Why and When of Gathering Actionable Feedback
by Matt Champagne

Note: The Kirkpatricks became aware of Matt's work with the introduction of his book, The Survey Playbook. They found the adviceto be effective as well as practical to apply, serving as good real-worldadvice for surveys that get the information you need.


One of the most frequent frustrations I hear from instructors is that the comments students provide on the evaluation forms are vague, irrelevant and too few in number. This lack of meaningful feedback prevents the instructor from learning what went well and from making necessary changes. Too often, this happens because of open-ended comment boxes on the evaluation form that look like this:


Write your comments in the box below:



This is the questionnaire equivalent of strangers passing on a path. One says, “How you doin’?” and the other responds, “Good.” Neither party expects anything substantive to be said. We should likewise expect almost no meaningful information to be exchanged when respondents are prompted in this manner. Here are five ways to improve your open-ended comment prompts in order to gather actionable feedback and dramatically increase the number of responses.

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On August 28, we wrapped up our summer offering of the online Kirkpatrick Four Levels® Evaluation Certification Program - Bronze Level.

Click here to see photos of some of the participants.
 
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Are you interested in earning your Kirkpatrick bronze level certification while avoiding the expense and hassle of travel? Consider joining us for our next online program beginning November 7.

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iStock_000008396384XSmall 2A non-training colleague enters your office and starts talking about an "amazing" seminar that she wants to attend because she heard that it is "full of great info."


Another colleague has attended a training course and is now referring his peers.

How do you respond to these types of training requests and generated buzz about particular programs? What if the offerings do not fit into the larger development plan?



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Is training within your organization viewed simply as a box that 

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must be ticked on a compliance checklist, or is it regarded as a critical tool for facilitating change and movement toward the organization's highest level goals?

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Kirkpatrick Certified Facilitator Linda Hawk recently facilitated an in-house bronze level certification program for the United States Department of Agriculture

Click here to see her photos from the program.

Are you interested in hosting an in-house Kirkpatrick Four Levels® Evaluation Certification Program - Bronze Level within your own organization? 

Contact us to discuss your options.

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Last week, we shared several articles written by members of the training
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This week, we would like to share a few more of these tributes, along with some personal sentiments that our friends and colleagues sent to us from around the world.

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Thank You for Remembering Don
August 25, 2014

Thank you to all of those in the training industry who remembered and honored Don Kirkpatrick through touching articles and blog posts.

We have compiled a list of some of the many tributes that were published about Don, and we invite you to read through them by clicking here.


Sold Out: September 24-25 In-Person Bronze Certification Program
August 11, 2014

The next public in-person bronze certification program in the U.S. has sold out. We invite you to join the wait list, or register instead for the in-person program scheduled for November 18-19 in the Washington, D.C. area.

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In Loving Memory of Dr. Donald Kirkpatrick
June 5, 2014

It is with much sadness but also great joy for his rich, full life that we announce that Don Kirkpatrick passed away on May 9th, at the age of 90. 
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Click here to read his obituary, as well as to revisit a humble reflection that Don wrote about his legacy, see our favorite photos of Don over the years, and read a goodbye letter from Jim to Don.
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Kirkpatrick Partners is a provider of training evaluation and business partnership training, products, consulting and impact studies. Our work is based on the Kirkpatrick Evaluation Model created by Donald L. Kirkpatrick in 1954 as part of his PhD dissertation on the evaluation of the effectiveness of training for supervisors. It is expanded by the Kirkpatrick Business Partnership Model and Kirkpatrick Foundational Principles.

Instead of training ROI, we focus on training return on expectations (ROE). This is a more holistic measurement of all of the benefits realized from a program or initiative, both qualitative and quantitative. We offer courses and workshops on training evaluation and business partnership that equip training professionals to create, demonstrate and measure the business results and value their training yields or supports.

Don's son James (Jim) and daughter-in-law Wendy are pleased to carry on his legacy through Kirkpatrick Partners. Whether you want to earn your Kirkpatrick certification or simply create more value in your organization, we are here to help. Our programs are valuable whether you are a corporate employee, member of government or an independent consultant.

The Kirkpatricks are the authors of nine books, including Evaluating Training Programs, Implementing the Four Levels, Transferring Learning to Results, Kirkpatrick Then and Now, Training on Trial, and The Brunei Window Washer: Bringing Business Partnership to Life.
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