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Kirkpatrick's Levels of Training Evaluations

Although we don't explicitly use this model, I think most good evaluations of training are largely based on these principles:

  1. Reaction: The degree to which participants find the training favourable, engaging and relevant to their jobs; the degree to which participants are actively involved in and contributing to the learning experience; the degree to which training participants will have the opportunity to use or apply what they learned in training on the job.
  2. Learning: Knowledge, skill, attitude, confidence, commitment
  3. Behaviour: The degree to which participants apply what they learned during training when they are back on the job; processes and systems that reinforce, encourage and reward performance of critical behaviours on the job.
  4. Results: The degree to which targeted outcomes occur as a result of the training and the support and accountability package; short-term observations and measurements suggesting that critical behaviours are on track to create a positive impact on desired results.