Tips to Connect Training to Performance and Results

February 22, 2017

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. 

How clear do you make on-the-job performance expectations during your training programs? Here are some practical things you can do during training to prepare participants for on-the-job implementation:

1. Introduce all job aids during training and have participants practice using them during activities. 

2. Do occasional pulse checks during training and ask, “How do you think you might use this  information on the job?”

3. Describe all post-program follow-up that participants will receive after training so they are  watching for it.

4. Near the end of the program, conduct a discussion of participant confidence and commitment  to apply what they learned on the job. Allow plenty of time for objections to surface; allow  participants to respond to each other’s concerns. 

Interested in more tips like this? Attend Jim Kirkpatrick’s ATD Core 4 Conference session, “First Things First: The Foundational Principles of Training Evaluation.” His session will enable you to:

  • Increase on-the-job application
  • Maximize results from training programs
  • Learn simple methods for evaluating training programs

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Additional Resources

Kirkpatrick Four Levels® Evaluation Certification Program – Bronze Level

Kirkpatrick’s Four Levels of Training Evaluation

Avoid the “Red Pants Phenomenon”

Creating ROE: The End is the Beginning

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