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Entries for February 2017

Back in February, Emirates Airlines honored their employees who have achieved Kirkpatrick silver certification.

To earn this recognition, participants must have attended both a Kirkpatrick Four Levels® Evaluation Certification Program Bronze and Silver Level class, and have presented their evaluation plans. These participants are positioned and committed to analyzing evaluation data to make educated decisions during program implementation, identifying program success factors and results, and creating a compelling report and presentation of ultimate program value for stakeholders.

Click here to view photos from their pinning ceremony

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How do you connect training and evaluation to improved on-the-job performance and results?

Jim was working with a client a few years back that had won a number of industry awards for their training programs. One of their showcase programs was their new hire onboarding program. They were especially pleased with their Level 1 survey results. "We consistently average 4.8 on a 5-point scale! To be honest, we don't think we need to consider any changes to that program," they said.

Jim suggested that they add one question to their evaluation form: "I know what is expected of me as a result of attending this training."

They added the question, and to their dismay, most participants responded that they disagreed or strongly disagreed. After participating in a week of comprehensive training, few graduates had any idea what they were supposed to do with what they had learned when they started work the following Monday. 

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Jim Kirkpatrick traveled to Saudi Arabia earlier this month to teach both a Kirkpatrick® Strategic Evaluation Planning Certificate program and a Kirkpatrick Four Levels® Evaluation Certification Program - Bronze Level at Almarai.

Click here to see photos from these programs and some of Jim's travel adventures.

Interested in hosting your own in-house Kirkpatrick program? Contact us to day for more information. 

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During the ATD International Conference and Expo 2016, Dr. Jay Brimstin presented a case study on how the Maneuver Center of Execellence (MCoE) conducted an evaluation of one of their training courses using the Kirkpatrick Model

The course that was evaluated was the Dismounted CIED Tactics Master Trainer course. Dr. Brimstin, the Deputy Director of the MCoE Directorate of Training and Doctrine, and Ms. Annie Hester, the Program Evaluation Office lead during the evaluation, described an evaluation effort in which they were able to demonstrate the effectiveness of the training course in improving units' operational effectiveness while conducting combat operations in Afghanistan.

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Jim Kirkpatrick traveled to Dubai earlier this month to consult with the Dubai Police Academy, with the help of our affiliate Learnactive. Jim talked about the importance of good practices in training evaluation.

Click here to view photos from Jim's travels and his day with the Dubai Police Academy.

The Dubai Police Academy also released this press release

"The General Department of Training in Dubai Police signed an MOU agreement with Kirkpatrick Partners about the Training Effectiveness Evaluation. The MOU was signed by Major Ahmad Bin Dalmook, the General Manager of the General Department of Training in Dubai Police and Dr. James Kirkpatrick from Kirkpatrick Partners. 

Major Ahmad Bin Dalmook highlighted the importance of the partnership with Kirkpatrick Partners to improve the performance levels of the training function and the outcomes of the learning process. 

Colonel Badran Al Shamsi, the Deputy General Director of the General Department of Training said that training in Dubai Police plays an important role in the overall improvement of the performance of Dubai Police and meeting the needs of its future skills. 

Coloner Badran Al Shamsi stressed on the important role of training evaluation to improve the quality of training and trainer's performance. He also mentioned that Dubai Police is looking to establish a hug of Learning and Development expertise to enable knowledge transfer. 

Dr. James Kirkpatrick conducted a workshop to Dubai Police employees where he shared the best practices in training evaluation."

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Join Jim and Wendy Kirkpatrick, along with Donald Murphy, for their new webinar on March 2. 

Are you being asked to create or deliver training that "works," meaning it provides measurable performance improvement and enhances organizational results? You are not alone. Ironically, evaluating training value is often an afterthought, considered only after training is complete. 

Learn directly from Jim and Wendy Kirkpatrick, creators of the New World Kirkpatrick Model, how to start any training program right, so that value is built in and can be demonstrated effectively when it is complete. Even if you inherit existing training programs, you will find out how to incorporate small tactics that will make a big difference in creating training value. 

Guest presenter Donald Murphy, an attorney with the State of Indiana, will share how he has used these ideas to train public defenders to prepare for and succeed in their cases. 

By participating in this program, you will discover how to:

      • Increase on-the-job application of what is taught
      • Maximize results from your training programs
      • Implement a Blended Evaluation Plan to gather complete program data

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Have you checked out our Resources Library recently? We have added a number of new resources, which include:

1. 5 Questions with Jim and Wendy Kirkpatrick (Focus Magazine article)
2. Blended Evaluation Plan™ form samples
3. Evaluation Blunders and Missteps to Avoid (TD Magazine article)
4. Top Training Mistakes: Are You Making Them? webinar
5. How Do I Get Started With Evaluation? video

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Additional Resources

Kirkpatrick Four Levels® Evaluation Certification Program - Bronze Level

Kirkpatrick's Four Levels of Training Evaluation

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InnoTraining, our affiliate in South Korea, is becoming a Bright Light for Kirkpatrick training evaluation. 

On January 12-16, 2017, Jim Kirkpatrick and Je Pil Jeon taught a Kirkpatrick Four Levels® Evaluation Certification Program - Bronze Level in Seoul, South Korea. 

The participants in this program made great strides when learning about how to implement the four levels in their organization, and we are excited to see the progress they will make . 

Click here to view photos from this program and Jim's adventures in Seoul.

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