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In addition to joining the Kirkpatrick Evaluation discussion group in LinkedIn, did you know that you can connect directly with Jim and Wendy Kirkpatrick?

Jim and Wendy are always glad to connect with members of the Kirkpatrick Community.

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Kirkpatrick Partners also has a company page on LinkedIn. Click here to check it out.

Connect with Jim and Wendy, and follow the company page, for the latest news and specials from Kirkpatrick Partners.

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Blended EvaluationAs a training professional, you've likely heard of blended learning. While traditional training was one-dimensional, blended learning revolutionized our industry.

In much the same way, traditional evaluation is one-dimensional, provides partial truth and is generally ineffective. It typically comes only in written form through smile sheets for Level 1, testing for Level 2 and 90-day surveys for Level 3. No evaluation typically occurs at Level 4. Sadly, the methodology behind these evaluation strategies is based more on tradition than on purpose.

These deficiencies have created a need for a blended evaluation approach. 

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CLO - Do More with Less 2Many professionals in the training industry have been charged with finding practical ways to create measurable organizational effectiveness -- without any additional budget.  

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Last month, Jim and Wendy Kirkpatrick both participated in the Training 2015 Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Click here to see their photos from the conference.

Be sure to catch the Kirkpatricks at the ATD 2015 International Conference and Expo this May.

Training 2015

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SurveyDo you struggle to create surveys that elicit meaningful responses, or to get people to respond at all? 

Dr. Matthew Champagne, the "Survey Doctor," is offering his Udemy course on survey building at no charge to members of the Kirkpatrick Community. 

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Last month, Jim Kirkpatrick traveled to Canada to deliver a keynote presentation for CSTD and to conduct two Igniting the Inner Fire workshops.

Click here to see photos from these events, as well as from Jim's time out and about in Canada.

Contact us if you're interested in booking an Igniting the Inner Fire workshop for your organization.

Jim Kirkpatrick in Canada

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Applying the Kirkpatrick Model to CoachingParticipants seem to enjoy your training programs, but do they go on to apply what they learned in the classroom to their actual jobs? 

If application is not occurring, or if you're unsure whether it is or not, this new article by Kirkpatrick Certified Facilitators David Dewhurst and Mark Harris, along with Kirkpatrick bronze certified professionals Gail Foster-Bohm and Gill Odell, can help.

Their case example will teach you step-by-step ways to create a powerful post-training implementation and evaluation plan.

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The February 2015 edition of TD at Work featured an update on the four levels of evaluation, written by Jim and Wendy Kirkpatrick. You can purchase the full copy here

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New Kirkpatrick Article in CLO Magazine
March 26, 2015

Many professionals in the training industry have been charged with finding practical ways to create measurable organizational effectiveness -- without any additional budget.

Learn how to do more with less in Jim and Wendy Kirkpatrick's new article in the March 2015 edition of Chief Learning Officer Magazine.
2015 Calendar of Kirkpatrick Programs
December 15, 2014

We are pleased to have so many programs on the calendar for 2015.

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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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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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