Melbourne, Australia (PressExposure) June 01, 2008 -- Even though U.S. companies spend over 100 billion dollars annually on employee training, the effect on company performance is largely unknown. ASTD studies continually report that less than ten percent of companies attempt to measure the organizational impact of their training programs.
Releasing the new training measurement toolkit this week, the Director of Business Performance P/L, Vicki Heath, said, âMany trainers donât know where to begin with the confusing array of measurement models around. The upshot is that trainers simply donât know whether their training programs are really making a difference to their organization. Our new Training Evaluation Toolkit walks trainers through a simple yet highly effective impact model and provides all the templates and worksheets needed to conduct evaluations at any level.â
With the new toolkit, trainers will have all of the resources they need in one place to conduct evaluations at multiple points; from program participant responses to the extent of participant learning to behavior change back on the job to bottom-line organizational impact. A full set of tools and calculators is provided in the kit for converting any kind of performance benefit to monetary values. As an added benefit, the toolkit also includes methods and templates for quantifying the âintangibleâ benefits of training.
The toolkitâs author, Leslie Allan, explained, âWhether you are a novice or experienced professional, with this comprehensive training toolkit you will be able to plan your evaluation exercise, collect all relevant data, isolate non-training factors and then analyze and report the results convincingly to your key stakeholders.â
The toolkit provides trainers with a number of methods for isolating the impacts of training and for quantifying the results. Its easy to follow selection charts are designed to help trainers decide which is the best method for which situation and then gives them the necessary tools to complete the evaluation task.
At the launch, Heath added, âWhether the training is designed in-house and conducted internally or it is outsourced, every training manager needs to know whether the money spent on their programs is providing a real benefit to their organization in terms of improved performance.â
The reusable and customizable forms and worksheets are supplied as Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel files. The toolkit can be used on any Microsoft Windows-based PC with Word and Excel installed. The guide is supplied as an Adobe Acrobat PDF file. Adobe Acrobat PDF files are readable on almost any computer. The Adobe Acrobat Reader is available as a free download from the Adobe website.
Business Performance P/L has made available the introductory chapter of the guide and the resource list as a free download. The complimentary download and the full toolkit are available from the Business Performance P/L website at http://www.businessperform.com/html/training_evaluation_toolkit.html
ABOUT LESLIE ALLAN: Leslie Allan has been assisting organizations improve their capability for over 20 years. He has contributed in various roles as manager, consultant and trainer within the manufacturing and service industries, both for public and private sector organizations. Mr. Allanâs external and internal consulting roles have seen him lead successful projects in strategic planning, workplace communications, and quality and HR information systems. He is also a seasoned instructional designer and trainer, having taught programs in both vocational colleges and industry. Mr. Allan is a prolific writer on business issues, with many journal and web articles to his credit. He is also the author of five books on employee capability, training and change management.