ERIC Number: EJ964490
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
An Investigation into the Relationship between Training Evaluation and the Transfer of Training
Saks, Alan M.; Burke, Lisa A.
International Journal of Training and Development, v16 n2 p118-127 Jun 2012
The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between training evaluation and the transfer of training in organizations. We hypothesized that training evaluation frequency will be related to higher rates of transfer because evaluation information can identify weaknesses that lead to improvements in training programs and create greater accountability among stakeholders for training outcomes. The data were obtained from 150 training professionals who were members of a training and development association in Canada. The results indicated that training evaluation frequency is positively related to training transfer. However, among Kirkpatrick's four levels of evaluation criteria, only behavior and results criteria were related to higher rates of transfer of training, indicating that the level of evaluation criteria is important for training transfer. These results indicate the importance of organizational-level initiatives such as training evaluation in addition to individual-level practices for facilitating the transfer of training.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Transfer of Training, Evaluation Criteria, Professional Associations, Trainers, Adult Educators, Teacher Attitudes, Outcomes of Education, Organizational Effectiveness, Training, Organizational Development, Predictor Variables, Program Evaluation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Identifiers - Location: Canada