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Have you been using the same evaluation form after your training programs for as long as you can remember? Are you still 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?

Studies show that over 90% of training programs worldwide are evaluated with a post-program reaction sheet of some sort, but if yours isn't as good as it could be, it might be leaving you hanging, desperate for more or clearer information. Take our fun quiz to find out if it's time to update your reaction sheet. 

Click here to take the quiz and get our recommendations based on your score. 

The correct answers and how to interpret your score will be revealed when you submit your responses. 


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One morning while on vacation, Wendy and I went through the resort's buffet line for breakfast. We got our food, set it down at a table by the pool and then left the table for about four minutes to get our beverages and talk to a fellow guest. 

When we returned, our breakfast was being ravaged by local birds. Eggs, potatoes, bread and fruit were being eaten, tossed about and generally destroyed. Other guests were sitting nearby, but they were unconcerned and not trying to protect our food. 


A metaphor formed before our eyes. Similar to how Wendy and I did not protect our food, many organizations do little or nothing to protect their training investments.


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Danny Rubin, a bronze level certified member of the Kirkpatrick community, has been working diligently to find good measures of the return on expectations (ROE) of safety. He is looking for ways to measure what is saved when an accident is avoided.

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In January 2013, Richard Griffin of Training Journal interviewed Jim Kirkpatrick about the Kirkpatrick Model and the ways in which training evaluation has changed over the years.

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The Kirkpatrick Honor Flight: A Veterans Tribute

During the early morning hours of November 3, 2012, two Delta 757 jets took off from the Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, bound for Dulles International Airport near Washington, D.C. On board were four Kirkpatricks:

PFC Donald L. Kirkpatrick, US Army, retired (age 88)

Lt. Robert B. Kirkpatrick, US Army Air Force, retired (age 94)

Cpt. Timothy R. Kirkpatrick, US Navy, retired (Bob’s son)

James D. Kirkpatrick, (Donald’s son)

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In this free webinar recorded by Training Industry on November 5, we discussed one of the most common dilemmas we hear from training professionals around the world, "How do I get to Levels 3 and 4?" If you missed it, please take this additional opportunity to learn the practical ideas we shared that you can begin to implement in your organization.

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Alan finished up his program and distributed the evaluation forms. Participants completed the evaluations, left them in the designated location, thanked him for a good program and departed. Alan flipped through the forms to make sure the comments were positive and then filed them in a folder.

Does this scenario sound familiar? As we work with training professionals around the world, many admit with concern that they think they are not doing the “right” things with the evaluation data they collect.

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Kirkpatrick Quick Tip Vol. 2 #33

Monica wrapped up her three-day communication skills program, bid the participants farewell and turned her attention to the evaluation forms.

Nearly every participant had given her a rating of 5 out of 5. There were few comments or complaints, although some participants said things like "great job" on the bottom of the form.

Monica thought this was positive, but wasn't completely sure. After such a robust program, shouldn't there have been more comments

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