Learn training evaluation process steps
Published October 16th, 2020
Training evaluation is the systematic process of analyzing if training programs and initiatives are effective and efficient. Training evaluations usually cover questions like "Was the topic discussed at the right level of complexity for your background?" and "Did the facilitator demonstrate a good understanding of and effectively delivered the program material?", among others. Trainers and human resource professionals use training evaluation to assess if employee training programs are aligned with and meet the company’s goals and objectives.
Training evaluation basically helps with the discovery of training gaps and opportunities in training employees. It collects information that can help determine improvements on training programs and help trainers decide if certain programs should be discontinued. The training evaluation process is essential to assess training effectiveness, help improve overall work quality and boost employee morale and motivation by engaging them in the development of training programs.
Training evaluation is an important process in determining training effectiveness and in checking if training programs are indeed helping employees become good at what they do. Training evaluation can also be integrated as a feature of your learning management system. Through strategic evaluation, businesses can find ways to improve the quality of training and achieve the learning goals set for employee success.
To help you get started, we have listed down the training evaluation process in 4 steps:
There are various types of training evaluation models available and each targets different areas. So the first step to getting started in evaluating training programs is by choosing the best model that will fit the needs of your evaluation.
Below are 3 of the commonly used training evaluation model:
This training evaluation process is used globally by businesses that aim to get a return on investment (ROI) through cost-effective and time-efficient training sessions. This model breaks down the evaluation process into 4 levels:
The CIRO (context, input, reaction, and output) model evaluates the effectiveness of management training courses. It focuses on measurements taken before and after carrying out the training program. Similar to the other models, the training evaluation process is also broken down to 4 stages:
The Phillips ROI model evaluates the training program’s return on investment (ROI). This model basically emulates the scope and sequence of the Kirkpatrick’s Model, but with an additional step. The five levels of the model are as follows:
To effectively evaluate training programs, practitioners of the training program must first define the indicators of “effectiveness.” As a guide, practitioners or organizations should answer this guiding question: “In what sense will the training program be considered successful?”
Below are some examples of factors or indicators that can help in measuring training effectiveness:
Training evaluation methods refer to approaches in collecting the data. Once the training evaluation’s purpose, technique, and measurements for training effectiveness are identified, the next step is to choose the right method or tools for collecting the needed information in regards to the training program.
Below are some of the common training evaluation methods practitioners can use:
Once a method has been selected, practitioners can proceed with collecting the data.
The final step is to analyze the data collected and to report the findings of the performed training evaluation. The report of the training evaluation will be a critical component for future improvements in the organization’s approach to training programs.
Using digital training evaluation forms can help trainers determine if the training programs are adequate to facilitate learning. iAuditor by SafetyCulture is a powerful cloud-based software app that you can use to:
Perform digital training evaluations to assess employee learning gaps and identify programs’ areas for improvement.
Perform digital training evaluations to assess employee learning gaps and identify programs’ ...
SafetyCulture staff writer
Jai is a content writer for SafetyCulture based in Manila. She has been writing well-researched articles about health and safety topics since 2018. She is passionate about empowering businesses to utilize technology in building a culture of safety and quality.
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