Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Official Blog of the One and Only Kirkpatrick® Minimize

Welcome to the Kirkpatrick Partners blog, where we strive to share the most pertinent training and evaluation related tips and thoughts each week. Please check back often, or simply subscribe to our RSS feed to be sure you never miss an update.

When I developed the four levels in the 1950s, I had no idea that they would turn into my legacy. I Don_Web Use 2014simply needed a way to determine if the programs I had developed for managers and supervisors were successful in helping them perform better on the job. No models available at that time quite fit the bill, so I created something that I thought was useful, implemented it, and wrote my dissertation about it.

Throughout the years and decades to follow, other learning professionals operationalized and even named my model. I had never actually called it the Kirkpatrick Model, but that was what practitioners began referring to it as. I’m grateful to have been able to contribute something that others have found useful, and it’s really because of practitioners like all of you that my legacy has been created. I thank all of you who have been a part of that over the decades, and I’m grateful for Jim and Wendy and all their partners who are carrying on and strengthening it.

A legacy is more than four words comprising a model. It is about how you contributed to the greater good and how you are remembered for that contribution. My legacy has been enhanced by the fact that people see me as a real person, not just an academic name behind the model. I think this is because I personally used the model, let it guide my practice and genuinely care about the success of organizations and the individuals within those organizations across the world.

Ultimately though, when people think about Kirkpatrick, I don’t want them to think about me; I want them to think about the model and the mission to ensure that training contributes to organizational results. I hope that my model helps to improve training and follow-up so that the lives of those to be impacted by organizations – citizens, customers, patients, clients, children and families – ultimately benefit in some way.

As we begin a new year, I challenge you to think about your own legacy. You still have lots of opportunity to influence it. Pause from your activities, tasks and objectives, and think about what you want your contribution to be. What do you want to leave behind? Start with the end in mind, and then determine what steps you might take to make this happen.

Don’t approach your legacy with a self-serving attitude; it will be obvious to others and will amount to nothing when all is said and done. Instead of thinking about what will make you look good, focus on how others can benefit from what you can do. It all comes down to making your contribution to the greater good.

I encourage you to talk to someone you trust about this. Jim and Wendy also welcome the opportunity to discuss these ideas with anyone interested. You can email them at information@kirkpatrickpartners.com.

If you missed Jim Kirkpatrick’s new year message, click here to read it.

If you missed Wendy's, click here.

Join the Discussion

We welcome your feedback about this quick tip. Here are some ways to join the conversation:

    • Log in and leave a comment below.
Don't Miss a Feature

Register with us to receive Kirkpatrick Quick Tips delivered to your inbox each Wednesday.

Additional Resources:

Kirkpatrick Four Levels® Evaluation Certification - Bronze Level

Kirkpatrick Then and Now

Evaluating Human Relations Programs for Industrial Foremen and Supervisors

Celebrating Don Kirkpatrick's Legacy

Evaluating Training Programs: The Kirkpatrick Four Levels DVD

Don Kirkpatrick Commemorative Package

Actions: Permalink | Comments (2) |


# Kenneth Fung
Monday, January 27, 2014 5:39 AM
Don, despite your recent well-earned retirement from the full time evaluation fray, you’re still widely regarded, correctly, as the first person to put learning evaluation on the map. Despite this pre-eminence, your message here is of humility and service. That’s something many of today’s gurus and experts in the field could learn from.
# registered used
Thursday, September 11, 2014 1:38 PM
I still miss you, Dad, and think about you every day. Thanks for leaving us some great stuff to work with! Jim
Join the Kirkpatrick Community Minimize

Register with us for FREE samples of our Blended Evaluation Plan® form.

(If you have already registered with us, simply log in and visit the Resources tab to access the samples - no need to re-register.)


You'll also receive immediate access to our Resource Library, and weekly updates from Kirkpatrick Partners.

Click here for more information about the materials available in our Resource Library and to see a sample of our weekly newsletter.
Deadlines & Specials Minimize
Early Bird Savings & Registration Deadlines

Kirkpatrick program deadlines and specials

Bronze Certification
November 2, 9, 16, 30 and December 7
Online (from the U.S.)

November 6-7, 2018
Washington, D.C.


Silver Certification
November 8, 2018
Washington, D.C.
December 4, 6, 13, 2018
Online (from the U.S.)
Save $300 Until October 19

calendarClick here for a complete calendar of Kirkpatrick events

Latest News Minimize

More 2019 Kirkpatrick Certification Program Dates Announced 
October 8, 2018

Additional program dates have been added to our 2019 event calendar with a few more coming soon. Click here to find out more.

Kirkpatrick Book Named to Must-Read List for Trainers
September 24, 2018

The best-selling book, Kirkpatrick's Four Levels of Training Evaluation, has been named to a list of must-reads for training professionals. Click here for more.

Kirkpatrick's Four Levels of Training Evaluation Hit #1 on Amazon
November 6, 2016

What a success our book, Kirkpatrick's Four Levels of Training Evaluation, has been! It hit #1 in training books on amazon.com yesterday! Thank you, thank you, thank you to those of you who purchased it, reviewed it, clicked "yes" that you found reviews helpful, or simply visited the page.

It's consistently ranked in the top 25 of the Training books section on Amazon. 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.

Use the New World Model to better train people, improve the way you work, and, ultimately, contribute to your organization's most crucial goals without breaking the budget.  Click here to learn more.

Copyright 2009 - 2018 Kirkpatrick Partners, LLC. All rights reserved.