Business Partnership Model

By Jim Kirkpatrick

I have just returned from a most rewarding trip to Moscow, Russia. Workshop participants were extremely eager to learn how to leverage the Kirkpatrick Four Levels of Evaluation to not only improve their courses and programs, but to also maximize learning effectiveness and demonstrate the value of learning to the business. I met with two separate groups of learners that worked in a variety of public and private settings.

Not surprisingly, they expressed similar training challenges as I have encountered all over the world - “how do we get people to apply (Level 3) what they learned (Level 2)?”, and “how do we demonstrate our value to the business?”. Fortunately for me (and them!!), the one and two-day workshops went a long way in addressing those two needs. The second day of the two day session - our Four Level Evaluation Certificate Program - involved small groups developing evaluation plans for local programs, and then presenting their plans to their colleagues.

They were terrific!! They really understood the principles I was teaching prior to that, and the evidence was that they came up with great, practical evaluation plans. The good news for them is that they will be able to go back to their jobs and immediately implement what they learned!

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