Evaluation serves as a GPS for the learning profession. A GPS tool constantly gathers data to accurately describe your current position. It tells you where you are and helps you navigate to where you want to be. Regular student and learning program evaluation is the only way to know that you’re delivering learning outcomes that will impact your organization. [Read more…]
Over the years we have discussed why surveys are a poor measurement for learning. The prime reason is because they collect self-reported data. Surveys ask participants what they think, believe, or feel about training (its content or usefulness). They provide no evidence of actual learning gains or application. Surveys have their place in gathering the thoughts, beliefs, and feelings of a large population, but they are not reliable tools to verify learning outcomes. [Read more…]
U.S. businesses spend billions on training programs each year. That’s no small expense. As a result, stakeholders are demanding proof that the training is worth it. They want hard and fast measures of performance change. They want evidence that performance is improving and that money spent on learning is worth it.
Learning pros have been stumped by this request. They remain mystified about how to show measurable training results. [Read more…]
As students, tests provide evaluation of what you’ve learned.
As an employee, the annual performance review evaluates your progress over the past year. That information helps plot your path for the upcoming year.
When you take your car in for repair, a mechanic evaluates what’s wrong with it and estimates what it will take to fix it.
When you meet a new person, you evaluate them to decide if it’s a relationship you want to continue.
I homed in on this idea recently while reading a blog post about how training evaluation is an effective tool for change. The author describes how evaluation is an irrefutable part of our daily lives. This is true. Yet the writer also notes that evaluation is not being used nearly enough to have a good effect within the learning and instructional design field. [Read more…]