Evaluation of Training Programme- Meaning, Need, Principles and Methods
i. Meaning of Evaluation of Training Programme
ii. Need for Evaluation of Training
iii. Principles of Evaluation of Training
iv. Evaluation Criteria
iv. Methods of Evaluation if Training
Evaluation of Training Programme – An Overview
The last stage in the training and development process is the evaluation of training. Since huge sums of money are spent on training and development, how far the programme has been useful must be judged.
According to Hamblin
Evaluating training is any attempt to obtain information(feedback) on the effects of a training programme and to assess the value of the training in the light of that information.
According to Warr
Evaluation is the systematic collection and assessment of information for deciding how best to utilize available training resources in order to achieve organizational goals.
Need for Evaluation
- To determine whether the specific training objectives are accomplished or not.
- To ensure that any changes in trainee capability are due to the training programme and not due to any other conditions.
- To identify which trainees benefit most or least from the programme.
- To determine the financial benefits and costs of the training programme.
- Credibility of training and development is greatly enhanced when it is proved that the organization has been benefited tangibly from it.
- Evaluation is critical not for assessing quality of training, but also to see that future changes in training plan should be made to make it more effective, and achieve goals of the organization.
- To compare the costs and benefits of training versus non- training investments like work redesign etc.
Principles of Evaluation
Evaluation of the training programme must be based on the following principles:
- Training faculty must be clear about the goals and purposes of evaluation.
- Evaluation must be continuous.
- Evaluation must be specific.
- Evaluation must provide the means and focus for trainers to be able to appraise themselves, their practices and their products.
- Evaluation must be based on objective (quantitative) methods and standards.
- Realistic target dates must be set for each phase of the evaluation process.
- Evaluation must be cost effective.