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Entries for September 2016

​Want to win a free copy of Kirkpatrick's Four Levels of Training Evaluation?

Click here to enter our giveaway, where you have the chance of winning one of three copies of our new book. Completing your submission only takes a moment. 

One entry per person and only completed submissions will be accepted. The giveaway will end Tuesday, October 4 at 8:00 am U.S. Eastern time. 

The winners will be announced next week in our newsletter.

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​Greetings Friends and Colleagues,

I am pleased to say that October 1, 2016 is the day a cutting-edge new book on training evaluation officially hits the market. It is called Kirkpatrick's Four Levels of Training Evaluation, and the publisher is ATD Press. Perhaps you are wondering who the authors are. Well, at the bottom of the cover, it says, "James D. and Wendy Kayser Kirkpatrick." At the top you will find the words, "Based on the Groundbreaking Work of Donald L. Kirkpatrick." While all of that is true, there is much more to the story.

In essence, Wendy and I have been writing this book for 10 years. Much of what you will read comes from the friends and colleagues we have worked with over the years. Not only are the five case studies written by some of our brightest lights, but inspiration and ideas throughout the book come from interactions with people like you with whom we've had the privilege of connecting.

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Jim Kirkpatrick recently facilitated a Kirkpatrick Four Levels® Evaluation Certification Program - Bronze Level in Washington, D.C. 

Click here to see photos of the participants.

Interested in attending one of our public programs? Click here to see a list of our upcoming bronze programs. 

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Join Kirkpatrick Certified Facilitator Stacy Cook in Virginia on September 27 for the 2016 HR Academy.

Evaluating the Impact of Your Leadership Programs
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
McLean, Virginia 

Many organizations place significant investments into leadership development programs of all shapes and sizes. Yet, very few have well-designed mechanisms for determining whether these programs are delivering on the expectations of the program’s stakeholders. Which program components are worthwhile and which fall flat? What is getting in the way of allowing leaders to use what they learn? What are champions of the leadership development program doing to make sure it is successful?

This session will delve into a case study from an IT consulting firm that instituted a leadership development program for all supervisors to build critical skills necessary to help the company grow. Learn how they implemented a world-class evaluation system using the New World Kirkpatrick Model, one of the foremost learning evaluation frameworks. Hear about early results of this evaluation and how it is being used to show impact on the bottom line. Lastly, come learn about best practices and lessons learned that you can implement to enhance your evaluation efforts back at the office.

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How often are you providing an opt-out option in your post-training surveys?

Did you know that by allowing your participants to opt-out, you could be losing valuable information?

Reaction sheets often contain an option labeled "Not Applicable." This choice is appropriate when respondents may not have the information or experience to answer; however, the opt-out choice should be used strategically and not provided as an option for all items. Allowing respondents to skip questions for which they certainly hold an opinion results in the loss of valuable information.

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Our affiliate in India, C2C, recently held a Kirkpatrick Four Levels® Evaluation Certification Program - Bronze Level at the end of August. 

Click here to see pictures of the participants working hard to achieve their certification.

Interested in becoming Kirkpatrick certified? Click here to see our list of upcoming programs. 

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​Luc Vandenboomgaerde is a training manager for ADP in France. He participated in a Kirkpatrick Four Levels® Evaluation Certification Program - Bronze Level hosted by our French affiliate, Formaeva, in April 2015.

Read Luc's testimony to see how the Kirkpatrick methodology changed the way he and ADP view his role and the training department. 

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​Marta Wilmoth was our 2015 ATD Don Kirkpatrick Scholarship winner. She has earned her bronze level certification and is implementing what she learned. 

In her second update, Marta explains why keeping the end in sight is crucial to implementing her training program.

Did you miss Marta's first update? Click here to read it. 

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Have You Read Kirkpatrick's Four Levels of Training Evaluation Yet?

October 3, 2016

What a success our book, Kirkpatrick's Four Levels of Training Evaluation, has been! 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.

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