Evaluating Training Programs
Evaluating Training Programs Course Description
How do we know if our training programs are effective? How can we determine if they are achieving their intended results? In this course, participants will learn how to translate intended outcomes of training programs into measurable objectives that are evaluable. Participants will also delve into several common frameworks for evaluating training programs, including Kirkpatrick’s New World model, the Concerns-Based Adoption model, Moore’s model, and the social-ecological model. Through homework and in class activities, participants will have a chance to develop an evaluation plan for a training program they are evaluating at work. The interactive sessions will include learning from other trainees as well as large group interactions where the instructor will ask questions and provide feedback to further learning opportunities.
This course is delivered in two virtual, instructor-led interactive modules. Classes will take place online via Zoom. Certificates of completion will be provided at the end of the course to all participants who have successfully completed the modules.
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Module 1: Developing Evaluable Objectives
In this first module, participants will learn how to identify the goals of a training program and develop evaluable objectives for the training. Specifically, participants will learn to:
- Identify the purpose and utility of training programs
- Recognize the needs of different training program stakeholders, including commissioners and participants
- Develop SMART learning objectives (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Bound) to measure the intended outcomes
(i.e., knowledge, skill, values, attitudinal changes) of learning programs
Homework between the two modules will include a short (one-paragraph) overview of a training program participants wish to evaluate, including the purpose of the training, the relevant stakeholders and their needs, and specific learning objectives.
Module 2: Developing Your Training Evaluation Plan
Building out an evaluation for a training program includes selecting an appropriate model for your program. In Module 2, participants will build on what they learned about learning objectives in Module 1 and explore different training evaluation frameworks, including Kirkpatrick’s New World model, the Concerns-Based Adoption model, Moore’s model, and the social-ecological model. Participants will work together to develop an evaluation plan for a training program. After going through the process once as a group, participants will have the opportunity to select a training evaluation framework appropriate for the program they worked on as part of their homework and to develop a high-level evaluation plan of their own.
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