Summary of Implementing the Four Levels

A Practical Guide for Effective Evaluation of Training Programs

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Implementing the Four Levels book summary
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This practical guide, a companion to Donald Kirkpatrick’s Evaluating Training Programs: The Four Levels, provides a framework for putting his system into practice. The book assumes a prior knowledge of the four-level system, but demonstrates how to determine which programs to evaluate and at which level to pitch the evaluation, and how to gather the right evidence and present it in a compelling format. The authors provide many examples of every form they discuss in the book and emphasize the importance of following each level in sequence. The style of writing is rather repetitive and could have been better edited, but the advice is sound. getAbstract recommends this guide to all those involved in learning and development, such as trainers, training designers and managers.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to ensure that your training program is working well before you evaluate it
  • What the four levels of evaluation are
  • Why evaluating new behaviors is important
  • How to demonstrate the “chain of evidence” of your program’s effectiveness


Resources for Evaluation
You must be aware of the resources available to you before you can evaluate your training programs. The decision is easy if your training department has a dedicated evaluator. If not, look to the training department, the human resources department or relevant line...
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About the Authors

Donald L. Kirkpatrick is the author of six books and is a professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin. James D. Kirkpatrick is co-author of Evaluating Training Programs: The Four Levels and Transferring Learning to Behavior.

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