A Proven Checklist Tool for Objective Program Evaluation

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Learning Solutions Conference & Expo 2018 - March 28, 2018

Kristin Murner

Director, Instructional Design
Kaplan Test Prep

Bob Verini

Director, Academic Quality
Kaplan Test Prep

Consistent program evaluation can be a challenge. Organizations must invest time and manpower wisely in order to generate feedback that will improve training outcomes and produce a positive ROI. Asking a department to judge its own work compromises objectivity, whereas hiring outside consultants generates tension. So what’s a better option? A substantive rubric aligned with a standards-based evaluative tool. This approach can help you achieve results that a mere survey, or departmental self-evaluation, cannot.

In this session, you will learn how to implement a product evaluation checklist to help you more effectively evaluate and critique your own learning programs. You’ll discover how evidence-based best practices are reflected in this evaluation tool’s 12 broad criteria, and how you can best use them to generate an objective score that is readily comparable between departments, units, and businesses as well as across training types. Once you’ve mastered the tool, you’ll then brainstorm ways to leverage evaluation scores within your own businesses to help meet training goals, drive better outcomes, and further department and asset development.

In this session, you will learn:

  • About the advantages of employing a proven rubric to evaluate a program’s alignment with learning science
  • About the meaning and importance of this rubric’s 12 essential categories
  • How to conduct a program review
  • How to conduct a post-review session with stakeholders that will minimize friction and facilitate next steps and improvements
  • How to leverage the checklist’s findings to drive an organization to positive change


Novice to advanced designers, developers, managers, directors, and senior leaders (VP, CLO, executive, etc.).

Technology discussed in this session:

Kaplan’s Educational Product Evaluation Checklist.



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