Evaluating soft skills

As has become a pattern, someone recently asked me how to evaluate soft skills. And without being an expert on soft skill or evaluation, I tried to answer on principle. So I thought about the types of observable data you should expect to find. And that yielded an initial answer. Then I watched an interesting video of a lecture by a scholar and consultant, and it elaborated the challenges. So, there’s a longer answer too. So here’s an extended riff on evaluating soft skills.

I started with wondering what performance outcomes would you expect for soft skills. Coupled, as well, with how could you find evidence of these observable differences. As a short answer, I suggested that there should be 3(+) outcomes from effective soft skills training. 

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