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Elizabeth is a training professional who was asked to design a leadership development program. She went ahead and created a program, but did so without having the end result in mind. At the end of the program, it was not clear what results the program was supposed to produce.

What could Elizabeth have done differently?

Nearly every goal-setting philosophy begins with a clear vision of the desired end result. While this principle is quite simple and easy to understand, examples of people ignoring it abound.

In the world of training and development, many workplace learning professionals with the best of intentions embark on designing, developing, and delivering training programs without a clear vision of what is expected as a result of the program.

But why do we evaluate training programs?


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Our Kirkpatrick affiliate in China, OnDemand, recently facilitated a Kirkpatrick Four Levels® Evaluation Certification Program - Bronze Level in Shenzhen.

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

Want to attend a Kirkpatrick bronze program? Click here to see our upcoming fall schedule.


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Our affiliate in Australia, GMD Partnerships, had a booth at the AHRI National Convention and Exhibition 2016 on August 3-5.

Click here to pictures of their Kirkpatrick booth.

Mark Harris of GMD Partnerships had this to say about the exhibition, "This was the third year that we have represented Kirkpatrick Partners at the AHRI National Convention and Exhibition, Australia's flagship event for HR and people managers. There were excellent presentations from the likes of Lynda Gratton, David Rock, Mal Meninga and Thomas Chamorro-Premuzic. It was great to connect with many people who had familiarity with Kirkpatrick but wanted to know more about the New World Kirkpatrick Model and its application. Our prize winner, of a place on our next bronze level certification program, was Catharine O'Grady of AMES in Melbourne."

Click here to view our other upcoming events schedule. 

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Join Jim Kirkpatrick at the ATD Core4 Conference 2016September 29-30, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana.



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 levels, 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 this 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.

We recommend that you read "Creating ROE: The End is the Beginning" before attending Jim's session. It will provide a little more insight into what you will learn and how this session will benefit your training programs. 

For more information about the conference, click here.


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This series is about how to maximize the on-the-job performance of employees through required drivers. Our first quick tip was about monitoring performance. How do you know it's occurring if it isn't somehow checked? 

The second quick tip was about reinforcement. We want to be sure we are supporting employees in their journey of performance improvement and subsequent contribution to their organization's strategy.

This week, we want to continue with another way to support on-the-job application -- encouragement. 

Encouragement probably occurs on the job all the time, but you will want to plan ways for it to occur a bit more formally and regularly in support of the identified critical behaviors

For complex or largely new critical behaviors, such as those for which a new supervisor might be responsible, a formal coach or mentor could be assigned. Obviously, this is only practical in situations in which the critical behavior package is important to organizational success and complicated enough that the training graduate may struggle to perform it well. 

Managers and supervisors have multiple pre-existing priorities, so there is a movement towards more peer mentoring and encouragement programs. At Kirkpatrick Partners, we go about encouraging each other in a number of ways.

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Jim Kirkpatrick and Marsha Denton recently facilitated a Kirkpatrick Four Levels® Evaluation Certification Program - Bronze Level in Virginia. 

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Interested in attending a Kirkpatrick program? Click here to view our upcoming program schedule.

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At the end of June, Jim Kirkpatrick traveled to Sweden to help facilitate both a bronze and silver program with our affiliate Mindset. While there, Jim also presented at A Mindset for Results 2016.

Click here to see photos of Jim's travels and the program participants.

Interested in a Kirkpatrick program? Click here to view the upcoming program schedule.


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On July 14, in cooperation with Training Magazine Network, the Kirkpatricks presented their newest webinar, More Fatal Kirkpatrick® Model Execution Errors - Practical Tips for Identifying and Correcting Them.

This webinar follows the success of our March webinar, Fatal Kirkpatrick® Model Execution Errors - Practical Tips for Identifying and Correcting Themin which 3 different fatal errors were detailed. This new webinar shared new and different errors for you to avoid, as well as tactics to assist you in designing and implementing training that really works. 

The Kirkpatrick Model is the most-used training evaluation model in the world. This does not, however, mean that it is always implemented correctly. What does misapplication put at risk? The image that training holds in many organizations, the future of your training department and, ultimately, your job. 

Listen to this informative webinar with Jim and Wendy Kirkpatrick, creators of the New World Kirkpatrick Model, to find out the most common execution errors, what is at risk if you make them and how to avoid them in the first place. Pick up practical tips that any training professional can implement to maximize their program value and demonstrate it to their organizations and stakeholders. 

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Join Jim Kirkpatrick at ATD Core4 Conference 2016 in New Orleans
August 19, 2016

Join Jim Kirkpatrick at the ATD Core4 Conference 2016, September 29-30 in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

In his session, "First Things First: The Foundational Principles of Training Evaluation," you will learn the Kirkpatrick Foundational Principles and the true four levels of training evaluation.

Click here for more information about the conference and to see what Kirkpatrick resource Jim will be giving out at his session. 


ICAET Is Hosting a Kirkpatrick Four Levels® Evaluation Certificate Program in Texas
August 5, 2016

Join Kirkpatrick Certified Facilitator Rhonda Bothwell in Fort Worth, Texas, September 23, for a Kirkpatrick Four Levels® Evaluation Certificate Program.

During this program, you will learn the four levels, receive a participant manual filled with examples and templates that you may borrow and adapt to build your own tools, and gain a complete understanding of what each level measures. You will also explore the reasons why Blended Evaluation is critical to training success and hear case studies and success stories from companies that have used the model effectively. You will learn not only how to evaluation, but why and to what degree. 


Early bird registration ends September 2, register today and save $119. ICAET members receive 25% off a regular attendee ticket. 

Kirkpatrick Community News Is Switching to MailChimp
August 5, 2016

Starting in mid-August, the Kirkpatrick Community News will be sent out via the email service provider MailChimp.

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Pre-Order Kirkpatrick's Four Levels of Training Evaluation
June 17, 2016

You can now pre-order Jim and Wendy's 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.



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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