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You're no stranger to blended learning, but what do you know about Blended Evaluation? Blended learning requires a Blended Evaluation Plan®.

Click here to watch this video of Jim Kirkpatrick as he offers some sage counsel on this topic.

As a bonus, download a free sample of Kirkpatrick's Blended Evaluation Plan form.

To access the form, visit our Resource Library, and then log into your account on or register to create one. Once logged in, scroll down to the "Kirkpatrick Diagrams and Forms" module, and click on "Kirkpatrick® Blended Evaluation Plan® Form Samples."

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By Jim and Wendy Kirkpatrick, Chief Learning Officer Magazine, September 2017

Do you need a GPS to keep you on the path to program success? Start with the end in mind. Learn Level 4 tips and more as Jim and Wendy Kirkpatrick help you navigate evaluation pitfalls.

Steer clear of the missteps and get back onto the road of higher learning with this informative, insightful article.

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This week, we hear from talent development professional Kevin M. Yates. His real-life application of the Kirkpatrick Model helped write his program's success story. Yours can be next.

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The fourth and final installment in our quick tip series on maximizing manager involvement discusses a manager touch point almost totally ignored by our industry.

Most of the clients we've worked with, when asked, “What evidence is most meaningful to your stakeholders,” almost always answer, “The testimony of the managers of our training graduates.”

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Four Levels of Training Evaluation BookSo far in this quick tip series, we have looked at two prime opportunities to gain manager involvement in your training initiatives:

1. Initial program scoping

2. Program kickoff 

This week, we discuss another key time in the life cycle of an initiative -- after the formal training program.

Read on to learn how to engage managers in your post-program accountability and support efforts.

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Last week, we began a new quick tip series on how to actively engage managers and program sponsors throughout the lifecycle of a major initiative, beginning with initial program scoping. Click here if you missed it.

The second key opportunity for partnering with senior leaders is during the launch and early support of the major initiative. They can become your greatest program champions. This is especially critical when you intend for the initiative to be implemented in the most effective manner, going above and beyond the traditional training event emphasis by including a comprehensive required driver package of support and accountability tools implemented during execution.

Read on for three specific tips for utilizing a program kickoff champion to strengthen your initiative.

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Many training professionals struggle to gain program sponsor and/or line manager buy-in for new programs. One of the questions Jim and Wendy Kirkpatrick repeatedly hear is, "How do you get manager involvement in your training initiatives?"

It is common knowledge that the more touch points a sales person has with a potential client or customer, the more likely that customer is to buy. The same principle is true here.

We have identified four opportunities along the life of a major initiative to partner with program sponsors and/or line managers to maximize results. Each of the four parts of this new quick tip series on maximizing manager involvement will cover one of these four opportunities.

The first touch point you are likely to have with a program sponsor or manager is when you are being given your “marching orders” for a training program. This is your first partnership opportunity.

Read on for 5 specific recommendations for forming a strong working partnership with senior leaders during this initial program scoping.

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Four Levels of Training Evaluation Book

Does your current training evaluation plan look something like this:

Level 1: smile sheets
Level 2: testing
Level 3: 90-day survey
Level 4: ??

If so, it's time to upgrade to a hybrid approach by implementing a Blended Evaluation Plan® that measures multiple levels at the same time and allows you and others to start seeing the connections between the levels.

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