The Importance of Training Evaluation

This is what James D. Kirkpatrick, wrote in his book- Kirkpatrick’s Four Levels of Training Evaluation “Evaluation is not an afterthought to training, but rather is meant to be integrated into the entire learning and development process. If you wait until after a program is designed, developed, and delivered to consider what value it is supposed to provide to the organization and how you will evaluate it, there is little chance of the program having much value.” Why the emphasis? In a free thinking, self-paced learning world, one would think that evaluation could build pressure, force learners into learning etc. However, training without evaluation wouldn’t really be effective, would it?

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