The Kirkpatrick model is a methodology for designing and evaluating results-oriented development projects. For commercial companies, the results are business and sales results, for non-profit organizations or public administration – mission accomplishment.
For sixty years, the Kirkpatrick model has been the most known and commonly used method in the world, which connects the world of business with the world of training.
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Fundamental principles embedded in the Kirkpatrick model
1. Begin with the final vision
Before creating the training program, define the business results that the training is intended to achieve. Also, describe what specifically the participants are to do differently at work, after finishing the training, so that these results are achievable.
2. Return on expectations (ROE) is the ultimate indicator of value
The expectations of the project principals should be specified by the training / HR department through talks and negotiations. Expectations relate to business outcomes and behavior, are measurable, but also realistic in relation to the resources available
3. Business partnership is necessary
If training is to affect business results, close cooperation between trainers and business (managers) is inevitable. The training itself, without complementary activities in the workplace and without the involvement of superiors, brings only 15% increase in effectiveness (research by Prof. R. Brinkerhoff)
4. Value must be created before it can be demonstrated
The value of training lies in the real change in the way trainees operate after their completion, in the workplace. The focus of trainers and managers should be at the stage of implementing new skills into professional practice. And it is worth presenting such a change to the Principals.
5. A compelling chain of evidence demonstrates your bottom-line value
The ultimate impact of training on business is possible only as a result of cooperation between trainers, participants, their superiors and managers. The cause-and-effect chain combines the efforts of all parties, showing the way from training participation to influencing the strategic goals of the organization.
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Benefits of using the Kirkpatrick model
Better training results – permanent changes in employee behavior (efficiency up to 85%)
Visible impact of training on business results and measurable effects as proof
Better allocation of training budgets – you spend money on what brings measurable benefits
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