Alternatives to Kirkpatrick: Kaufman’s 5 Levels of Evaluation

Instructional Design Fusions

Meaningful instructional design requires meaningful evaluation. However, evaluation, like organizational development itself, requires buy-in at many levels. This buy-in’s necessary…

  •  To identify meaningful metrics
  •  To collect data
  • To react to data, making appropriate  improvements
  • To undertake change management necessary for these improvements

If you’ve been in this field for any length of time, you’ve probably come across Kirkpatrick’s four levels of evaluation (reaction, learning, performance, & results).  Kirkpatrick’s approach has come under fire for a number of reasons (e.g., emphasis on training events, implied linearity and causality, and more) and many articles have provided thoughtful critiques.

However, in this series of posts, I haven’t come to bury Kirkpatrick’s approach or to praise…

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