Kirkpatrick Model of Training

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Donald Kirkpatrick's 1975 book Evaluating Training Programs defined his originally published ideas of 1959, thereby further increasing awareness of them, so that his theory has now become arguably the most widely used and popular model for the evaluation of training and learning. Kirkpatrick's four-level model is now considered an industry standard across the HR and training communities. The four levels of training evaluation model was later redefined and updated in Kirkpatrick's 1998 book, called 'Evaluating Training Programs: The Four Levels'. Level Evaluation Type (what is measured) Evaluation Description & Characteristics 1 Reaction -reaction evaluation is how the trainees felt about the training or learning experience 2…show more content…
-were the relevant skills and knowledge used -was there noticeable and measurable change in the activity and performance of the trainees when back in their roles? -was the change in behaviour and new level of knowledge sustained? -would the trainee be able to transfer their learning to another person? -is the trainee aware of their change in behaviour, knowledge, skill level? -observation and interview over time are required to assess change, relevance of change, and sustainability of change -arbitrary snapshot assessments are not reliable because people change in different ways at different times -assessments need to be subtle and ongoing, and then transferred to a suitable analysis tool -assessments need to be designed to reduce subjective judgement of the observer or interviewer, which is a variable factor that can affect reliability and consistency of measurements -the opinion of the trainee, which is a relevant indicator, is also subjective and unreliable, and so needs to be measured in a consistent defined way -360-degree feedback is useful method and need not be used before training, because
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