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NCJ Number: 64380 Find in a Library
Title: HOW TO DEVELOP A MORE SYSTEMATIC EVALUATION STRATEGY
Journal: TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT JOURNAL  Dated:(JULY 1978)  Pages:88-90,92-93
Author(s): J T THOMPSON
Corporate Author: American Soc for Training and Development
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: American Soc for Training and Development
Madison, WI 53705
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS MODEL FOR EVALUATING TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR PROFESSIONALS DETERMINES EVALUATION DESIGN, CRITERIA, AND METHODS ACCORDING TO EVALUATION PURPOSE AND TARGET AUDIENCE.
Abstract: THE SYSTEMATIC METHOD CATEGORIZES AUDIENCES AS (1) TRAINEES, (2) ORGANIZATIONAL DECISIONMAKERS, AND (3) TRAINERS. THE TRAINEE IS CONCERNED WITH WHETHER THE PROGRAM MADE A DIFFERENCE. THIS CONCERN IS MEASURED WITH BOTH PROCESS AND RESULTS CRITERIA. PROBLEMS FACED BY TRAINING PRACTITIONERS IN EVALUATING AT THE TRAINEE LEVEL INCLUDE 'HAWTHORNE EFFECTS' OR EFFECTS WORK ENVIRONMENT CHANGES, LOSS OF CONTACT WITH PARTICIPANTS WHO ARE NEEDED FOR FOLLOWUP QUESTIONNAIRES, AND FRICTION WHEN USING COMPARISON OR CONTROL GROUPS. EVALUATING FOR THE SECOND CATEGORY--ORGANIZATIONAL DECISIONMAKERS--INVOLVES MAINLY INTERNAL VALIDITY (I.E., DESIRABLE EFFECTS ARE SOUGHT ALONG WITH COST EFFECTIVENESS) AND THE POSSIBILITY OF GENERALIZING TRAINING EFFORT RESULTS. PROBLEMS INCLUDE POSSIBLE POLITICAL TRADE-OFFS, POSSIBLE GAP BETWEEN PROMISES AND RESULTS, AND LACK OF CONCURRENCE WITH OBJECTIVES. TRAINERS, THE THIRD AUDIENCE, NEED TO DETERMINE HOW THEY ARE DOING, HOW THE RESULTS CAN BE USED FOR FUTURE DECISIONMAKING, AND HOW THE TRAINING PROGRAM CAN BE TRANSFERRED TO ORGANIZATIONAL SUBSYSTEMS. EFFICIENCY CRITERIA MEASUREMENT SHOULD ANSWER QUESTIONS OF TIMELINESS AND IMPROVED TRAINING INTERVENTIONS. TRAINING DESIGN SHOULD ASSIST TRAINERS WITH PRACTITIONER-VERSUS-RESEARCHER ISSUES AND WITH TECHNICAL EVALUATION PROBLEMS. REFERENCES AND TABULAR DATA ARE INCLUDED.
Index Term(s): Evaluation criteria; Evaluation techniques; Training; Training evaluation
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