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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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Kirkpatrick Quick Tip Vol. 2 #32

Most training professionals are very interested in receiving feedback on their programs.

It's interesting how many of them defeat their own purpose, however, by not providing adequate time for participants to complete their evaluations.

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Kirkpatrick Quick Tip Vol. 2 #31

Have you ever read your post-program evaluation forms and thought, "I wish someone would have mentioned that during the class, when I could have fixed it!"

You are not alone. This quick tip will provide practical ideas to get participant input when you can still effect a change.


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