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The Kirkpatricks receive many questions about training evaluation, and how to use the Kirkpatrick Model for maximum organizational benefit.

Often, concerns distill down to two distinct yet common questions. Both are particularly crucial when resources are limited.

Don Kirkpatrick provided timeless answers to these queries below or click here for a downloadable PDF (best viewed on a PC versus a mobile device).

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The ATD 2018 conference has concluded but its impact will continue. Jim Kirkpatrick and Wendy Kirkpatrick share some of the highlights, both professional and social.

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Throughout May, we remember Don Kirkpatrick and celebrate his contributions to the training industry. Enjoy this legacy piece penned by Don. The concepts are timeless and applicable even today.


Who Says You Can't Get There From Here?
From Level 2 to Level 3

By Donald Kirkpatrick, Ph.D.

In case you aren't familiar with them, I'd better start out by defining the Four Levels of Evaluation. In 1959, I wrote a series of articles for the journal of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD). The articles were based on my Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Wisconsin. The subject was "Evaluating a Human Relations Training Program for Supervisors."

The articles focused on the four different levels of evaluation that I had used to evaluate the training program under discussion. Level 1 was Reaction; Level 2 was Learning; Level 3 was Behavior, and Level 4 was Results. I described the Four Levels as follows:

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Take the Quiz:  "How Well Did You Know Don Kirkpatrick?"

Don Kirkpatrick: Four Years Gone But Still Here
By Jim Kirkpatrick

I still feel his presence when I see a sunset or play a round of golf. I sometimes still hear his voice when I hear my own. My dad was an easy man to get to know. At least on the surface. Spend a summer day with him in Wisconsin and you will know him.

In case you never had the honor, I am going to help you. Following is a quiz to help you guess and learn what you might have missed. To learn the answers, take the live quiz here:

QUIZ: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DonKQuiz

I also see my Dad in many of you. When one of you makes a witty comment. When a small group talks about ‘getting to Level 3’. When one of you helps another. When any of you live a life of integrity and kindness.

Mostly, I remember his spirit. It surrounds all that he did and thought and wrote. Wendy and I often see his spirit alive when we have the honor of working and laughing with you. His spirit – our spirit, your spirit – is the secret ingredient that sets the Kirkpatrick Model apart from all the others. And he, and we, thank you for that and pledge to continue to try to walk in his steps.


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Additional Resources:

Kirkpatrick Four Levels® Evaluation Certification - Bronze Level

Kirkpatrick Then and Now

Evaluating Human Relations Programs for Industrial Foremen and Supervisors

Celebrating Don Kirkpatrick's Legacy

Evaluating Training Programs: The Kirkpatrick Four Levels DVD

Don Kirkpatrick Commemorative Package

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At Kirkpatrick Partners, May is Don Kirkpatrick month. We celebrate and honor him all month long.

Click here to view all photos in an album of our favorite Don K images.

Do you have photos of Don and/or yourself with Don? Post them on any of our social media. Tag yourself. If desired, use this hashtag: #kirkpatrick. Or, email them to marketing@kirkpatrickpartners.com. We'll add them to our online tribute photo album. Thank you.


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May is Don Kirkpatrick month. In honor of Don, we are offering specials on select Don-related Kirkpatrick products throughout the month. The lasting function and value of these items is a tribute to Don and his many contributions to the training industry.

BONUS: Evaluating Training Programs: The Kirkpatrick Four Levels® DVD is FREE with any purchase. It may also be purchased at half price.

Choose your preferred shipping method at checkout. For international orders or to order multiple different items, please email Ashley DeBono for a custom shipping quote.

Click "Read more" below to see the May Don K product specials.

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Does the idea of demonstrating the value of your programs strike fear in your heart? Fear not. It is achievable, and it can be done in a simple, straightforward way.

Wendy Kirkpatrick walks you through the steps, offering tactics for before, during and after training. 

Read/download a free PDF of the article or listen to it read aloud.

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Earn your Kirkpatrick certification from virtually anywhere. This group is pursuing their bronze certification during a recently held program in Paris, France. Kirkpatrick Certified Facilitator Jonathan Pottiez facilitated in French.

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