Learning Evaluation Papers
We are producing a series of papers tackling a range of topics in learning evaluation. Click on the paper titles below to download in PDF format.
Paper 9 | Diagnosing Your Learning Evaluation Needs | Apr 2013
Understanding your learning evaluation needs at the outset of any learning and development work helps you to focus on the effects and impact of learning and development activities. Diagnosing your learning evaluation approach helps you understand what you are doing at the moment, and lets you make decisions about where to go in future.
Paper 8 | The top ten evaluation mistakes | Jan 2013
There's some great work being done in learning and development (L&D), but not so much when it comes to evaluating it. The worst thing is, human resources (HR) and L&D professionals often seem to be unaware they're making fundamental errors. We've compiled a list of the top ten mistakes made in evaluating learning and development, all of which we've encountered with our clients - are you guilty of any of these?
Paper 7 | Business Impact Modelling | Sept 2012
Business Impact Modelling is a description of the chain of events leading from learners first showing up on day one through to the impact on your organisation. At its most complex, it can be a sophisticated diagrammatic model of the pathways and links between activities and outcomes that interact to create value.
Paper 6 | Learning Evaluation: Where to Start | Aug 2012
People often wonder where the best place is to start in learning evaluation. They often wonder so long they never actually get around to doing any evaluation. It needn’t be so confusing. There are just six things to think about when embarking upon learning evaluation.
Paper 5 | Making Evaluation a Priority | Jun 2012
Everyone agrees that evaluation is a high priority for human resources (HR) and learning and development (L&D) professionals – in principle. The trouble is, hardly anyone puts that principle into practice. How can we explain the mis-match between our intentions and our actions, and more importantly, what can we do about it?
Paper 4 | Digital Technology Applications | Mar 2012
Digital technology can provide the leverage to make learning evaluation more affordable, efficient and effective. The advent of digital technology that is widely available, easy to use and readily adopted has eliminated much of the expensive/affordable debate in evaluation. However, digital technology can contribute much more.
Paper 3 | Research Methods | Feb 2012
With so much choice of tools and approaches to the evaluation of learning, the research methods used to gather data can often be overlooked. But if you are to gather robust evidence of the impact of your training you need to both select the right methods and implement them well.
Paper 2 | Navigating the Learning Evaluation Maze | Dec 2011
The field of learning evaluation is not short of models or tools. Neither is it short of enthusiastic proponents of one model over another. The resulting debates can mean confusion for organisations who want to evaluate their learning activities and don’t know which way to turn.
Paper 1 | Getting it Right | Nov 2011
Evaluation is one of the essential components of any successful learning and development strategy, and yet it’s not widely implemented – or implemented well. This needs to change: if learning and development is to make a significant contribution to accomplishing business outcomes, and this correlation is to be widely appreciated, it’s vital to get learning evaluation right.
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