ERIC Number: ED272582
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-May
Evaluation of Corporate Training Programs.
Brandenburg, Dale C.; Smith, Martin E.
The growing interest in human resources development (HRD) is a response to the increasingly competitive business environment which, in turn, has been shaped by such forces as the emergence of global competition, the quickening pace of technological innovation and the reduction of federal regulations in some industries. This monograph seeks to contribute to the current momentum of HRD by describing the state of the art for HRD evaluation. The needs of business managers and academicians are addressed by describing the applications of evaluation methods to decision-making within the training or HRD organization. Both formative and summative training evaluations are discussed in terms of issues, constraints, and techniques. Models for training evaluation are analyzed into a number of components: (1) definition of perspective; (2) description of variables; (3) use of flowcharts or descriptive matrices; (4) lists of questions; (5) data collection techniques; (6) data analysis techniques; (7) research designs; (8) reporting procedures; and (9) detailed examples. A section on evaluation practice summarizes analyses of evaluations to show how training evaluations are actually done. Conceptual and strategic issues that challenge the evaluator are described. An appendix outlines methods for training economic impact analysis. (LMO)
Descriptors: Corporate Education, Curriculum Evaluation, Data Collection, Decision Making, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Evaluation Problems, Formative Evaluation, Human Resources, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Postsecondary Education, Summative Evaluation, Training Methods, Training Objectives
ERIC Clearinghouse on Tests, Measurement, and Evaluation, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ 08541 ($9.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Tests, Measurement, and Evaluation, Princeton, NJ.