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Poll Question: How Do You Know that Training Has Been Effective?

When I speak with clients about training programs, one of the first things I ask them is, “How will you know if the training has been effective?” I get many answers to this question, such as:

  • “I really have no idea, but I know they need the skills.”
  • “I’m hoping it will be obvious if things improve.”
  • “I’ll likely ask the participants to tell me if they believe the training was effective.”
  • “What should I do? What do you recommend?”

There are many ways to demonstrate the effectiveness of training; certainly some methods are much more reliable than others. Some methods are quite a project on their own (especially if you are doing an ROI study) but bring more value to the organization and provide better data for executives.

Can you think of other ways? Please share with others in the Comment field. Thanks!

What are some ways you have used to determine if training has been effective? (Choose all that apply.)

  • Ask the participants to gauge how effective the training was through a survey (27%, 12 Votes)
  • Have the participants demonstrate what they have learned through a presentation or in some other way (23%, 10 Votes)
  • Ask the managers of the participants if they see an improvement in skills (14%, 6 Votes)
  • Have the participants take a written test prior to the class and then again after the training class ends to see the improvement (9%, 4 Votes)
  • Ask others (co-workers, subordinates, etc.) in the organization if they see an improvement in skills (9%, 4 Votes)
  • Evaluate the improvement through observing the participant using the skills (9%, 4 Votes)
  • Through a business impact and ROI study (9%, 4 Votes)
  • None of the above (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 17

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