ERIC Number: ED290888
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The Relationship between Types of Evaluation Reports and Support for the Training Function by Corporate Managers. Project Number Twenty-One.
Sleezer, Catherine M.
A study attempted to determine (1) whether nontraining managers' future financial support for the training function varied based on the amount and kind of information contained in written evaluation reports and (2) the deeper logic and behavior that nontraining managers used in making their decision. The research used a quasi-experimental design to identify the quantitative differences among the responses to four sample reports, which contained varying amounts and kinds of information. Each of the report types was reviewed by two persons in each of five organizations in Minneapolis. The investigator also conducted interviews with some of the decision makers to gather descriptive information about the processes they used in making these decisions. The study showed that the evaluation report was not a key factor in the allocation decision for most decision makers. Only half of the decision makers even looked at the evaluation report before determining the amounts of their budgets. The decision makers who did examine the evaluation reports either did not use the information, used the information to identify what had been wrong with the training program, or did not believe part of the information. However, there was some relationship between report type, organizational affiliation, and the level of financial support, with most decision makers preferring the format of the analytical evaluation report. The study concluded that training managers should try to supply managers with evaluation data they can use in order to increase training budgets. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., St. Paul. Dept. of Vocational and Technical Education.