ERIC Number: ED391089
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Measuring the Effectiveness of Training. Report 282.
The literature on training evaluation and evidence from a number of employers who are actually undertaking some training evaluation activities were reviewed and synthesized into a cyclical model for evaluating training. First, the following direct benefits of evaluating training were identified: quality control; efficient training design; enhanced professional esteem; enhanced negotiating power; and identification of appropriate assessment criteria and intervention strategies. Next, a model of the training process was developed that consists of the following stages: identifying training need by determining the skills/attributes required of and actually possessed by job holders; designing, preparing, and delivering training; discovering trainees' attitudes toward training and extent of learning; discovering whether the lessons learned during training have been transferred to the job and are being used effectively on the job; evaluating the effects of training on the organization; and reinforcing positive behavior to ensure that the advantages of training are maintained in the long term. The impossibility of evaluating every training event was acknowledged, and guidelines were provided for prioritizing evaluation activities with consideration for the importance, difficulty, and frequency of tasks for which training is being provided and weighing those factors against the costs of training. (Contains 39 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Educational Needs, Evaluation Methods, Foreign Countries, Industrial Training, Literature Reviews, Models, Needs Assessment, Program Evaluation, Training Objectives
BEBC Distribution, 15 Albion Close, Parkstone, Poole BH12 3LL, England, United Kingdom (30 British pounds).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Sussex Univ., Brighton (England). Inst. for Employment Studies.
Identifiers: United Kingdom
Note: Study supported by the IES Co-operative Research Programme.