U.S. organizations spend over $15.5 billion on leadership development annually. Still, most organizations do not feel confident in these success of these programs. How do you measure training effectiveness?
Your leadership training should be measured to evaluate the return on your training investments.
One reliable way to measure training impact is to look at KirkPatrick Model Level 3: Behavior. If the training has not resulted in noticeable changes, then training managers need to assess why their learners are not achieving the desired training goals.
Study Behavior Change
By analyzing behavior changes after training, you learn valuable information about what parts of the training were impactful and which were not.
Quizzes and surveys can help you evaluate whether your learners gained important lessons from the trainings, or whether more reinforcement is needed.
It is critical to make sure your leadership training content achieves your training goals and increases business impact.If this is not the case, the skills gap will still persist.
There is a critical difference between effectiveness ("do the right thing") and efficiency ("do things right").
Efficiency doesn't necessarily produce the desired impact. When you want to measure leadership training effectiveness, you need to measure 3 elements: application, timing, and impact.
Based on the application and timing of new skills, you can determine whether or not the training created impact within the organization.
To measure training impact, you must be clear about what results you want to see after training. When training goals are too broad, organizations fail to see results. Once you have outlined your specific training goals, set measurable reinforcement objectives.
Build these training goals and reinforcement objectives into your courses. When leaders know what they'll be evaluated on, they're more likely to implement the objectives.
When you focus your leadership training around the 7 principles of training reinforcement, you will find that your leadership training is much more effective. Download Part 1 of the Mindmarker Total Concept: From the Olympics to the 7 Principles of Reinforcement to learn more.