The Story Behind “Kirkpatrick’s Four Levels of Training Evaluation”

September 28, 2016

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.

While most of the actual conversations have faded into training evaluation history, many names and faces are still clear in our minds. Katie Sprang from the U.S. Foreign Service Institute reinforced for us the power of developing and implementing an evaluation strategy; Jay Brimstin and Annie Hester have used the four levels to reduce U.S. Army casualties in faraway lands; Donna and Kevin from NASA, and Keith Shirley from the FBI, are fine tuning the science and art of transforming their L&D teams into strategic business partners.

And from even more grassroots perspectives, we have benefited from the bright lights of Maggie Carlisle from an oil rig in the North Atlantic, Steve Ball from the zinc mines of Northern Canada and Bonnie Stone working to push the waters of the mighty Colorado River uphill in Arizona. Anyana Banerjee changed her business card title from “Instructional Designer” to “Learning and Performance Consultant,” and after 10 years, I still think of our precious window washer Chai in Brunei, who inspired our book Bringing Business Partnership to Life.

So you see, while Wendy and I are listed as the authors, we had lots of help. And we are most thankful for that. I have been told that while I am a tireless advocate for out new world model, I am not much for actively pushing our products and services. That is likely true, but I will make an exception here. With the help of many, I think we collectively created something special, something for the practitioner that will truly help to change your L&D function into one that creates and contributes true value to your organization. I would appreciate it if you would pick up a copy and let us know what you think.

Thank you,
Jim Kirkpatrick 

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Additional Resources

Kirkpatrick Four Levels® Evaluation Certification Program – Bronze Level

Kirkpatrick’s Four Levels of Training Evaluation

My ATD 2016 Reflections

An Introduction to the New World Kirkpatrick Model

Training Industry Trends 2012: An Interview with the Kirkpatricks

What Would Don Kirkpatrick Suggest Doing to Maximize Program Outcomes?

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