Going beyond standard training evaluation

October 31, 2010 at 9:37 pm Leave a comment

During the recent European Evaluation Conference, I saw a very interesting presentation on going beyond the standard approach to training evaluation.

Dr. Jan Ulrich Hense of LMU München presented his research on “Kirkpatrick and beyond: A comprehensive methodology for influential training evaluations” (view Dr Hense’s full presentation here).

As I’ve written about before (well in a post four years ago…) ,  Donald Kirkpatrick  developed a model for training evaluation that focused on evaluating four levels of impact:

1. Reaction
2. Learning
3. Behavior
4. Results

Dr Hense provides a new perspective – we could say an updated approach  – to this model. Even further, he has tested his ideas with a real training evaluation in a corporate setting.

I particularly like how he considers the “input” aspect (e.g. participants’ motivation) and the context of the training (which can be very important to influence its outcomes).

View Dr Hense’s presentation on his website.


Entry filed under: Training evaluation.

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