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Donald Kirkpatrick introduced his four-level Kirkpatrick Model for training evaluation in 1959, and it became a training industry standard. Here, his son and daughter-in-law, Jim D. Kirkpatrick and Wendy Kayser Kirkpatrick, discuss the next step – the Kirkpatrick Business Partnership Model, a seven-part program that training professionals can implement to align their training programs with their company’s business objectives. getAbstract recommends this easy-to-read book to training managers, HR officers, instructional designers and related professionals.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What the Kirkpatrick Model for training evaluation entails,
  • How the Kirkpatrick Business Partnership Model works,
  • How to apply these models and
  • How to demonstrate the business value of training persuasively by using a courtroom metaphor.

About the Authors

James D. Kirkpatrick, PhD, is the president of Kirkpatrick Partners LLC, a training evaluation consulting firm, where Wendy Kayser Kirkpatrick is the director.



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