Evaluation for the Real World

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Learning Solutions Conference & Expo 2018 - March 27, 2018

Dan Myers

Senior Manager of Staff Training
The Cheesecake Factory

You’ve spent lots of time and money on your most recent L&D project. Now executives want to know: “Was it effective? What’s the ROI?” Do you know how to answer? If the answer is “no,” you’re not alone. One of the things many instructional designers struggle with is the dreaded evaluation. Even those who know the theory inside and out often struggle to put it into place.

Kirkpatrick’s model is great from an academic perspective, but the reality is that it’s challenging to implement in today’s fast-paced, deadline- and results-driven world. In this session, you will learn practical strategies for integrating evaluation into your projects from the very beginning. Evaluation is not a “one size fits all” process. You use different approaches to create different learning experiences, whether they’re instructor-led training, eLearning, social learning, VR, or blended curricula. In this session, you will learn to tailor your evaluation approach to your training project.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Best practices for evaluation in a corporate environment
  • How to set expectations with stakeholders
  • What executives care about and what they don’t
  • Tips for evaluating different types of training
  • How to customize your evaluation plan to your project


Novice to advanced designers, developers, and managers.


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