Table of Contents

How Do You Know If Your Training Is Effective?

“How do you know if your training actually has an impact?”  It’s a question I hear often, especially regarding soft skills training.  It all starts with a needs assessment.  When I’ve led teams, the easiest way I’ve found to assess needs, recommend training and then measure results is through a professional development plan (PDP).  If training isn’t tied to a need, if it’s not written down and if an employee isn’t held accountable for improved performance, the impact of the training will not be fully realized.

Here is a generic version of a professional development plan based upon one that I’ve found to be quite effective.

04292013 - PDP

I like this PDP format because it illustrates how metrics and key performance indicators should be directly tied to soft skills.  Metrics and numbers tell a story, but what is that story?  Are performance numbers down because of team dynamics and dysfunction?  Then perhaps a focus on teambuilding skills would be appropriate.  Are quarterly results suffering because team members haven’t established the correct priorities?  Perhaps time management is an area that needs to be improved.

Identifying baseline performance metrics, identifying appropriate learning opportunities (training on hard or soft skills) that should impact those performance metrics, then monitoring those performance metrics and results to identify if there has been improvement in those metrics is how I can feel confident that training is effective.

I’ll write it again: if training isn’t formally tied to a need, however, its full effectiveness will not be felt.

The Train Like A Champion Blog is published Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  If you think someone else might find this interesting, please pass it along.  If you don’t want to miss a single, brilliant post, be sure to click “Follow”!  And now you can find sporadic, 140-character messages from me on Twitter @flipchartguy.

Articles Similar to How Do You Know If Your Training Is Effective?

How to create a training plan in under 10 minutes

Using a lesson plan template (which is the most downloaded resource from this blog) can help give you structure. Using Soapbox can save you all sorts of time (and still give your presentation some structure)!

Does training actually change behavior?

Does training actually change behavior? It’s a question we should be able to answer honestly. (And the answer is: No, not 100%… and yes, but seriously, not 100%)

Hybrid Learning: When to use it

Recently I had an opportunity to talk with the folks at Mimeo about hybrid learning and when to use it. In today’s post, I share a link to that podcast, which is one in a series of podcasts they did with industry leaders on hybrid learning strategies.

L&D Lessons Learned from Being a Parent (Part 5 of 5)

Once we get into a comfortable routine, how easy is it to want to try something new? Erin Clarke shares a few ah-ha’s about what she discovered and how she became better when she decided to leave her comfort zone and try something new.

L&D Lessons Learned from being a Parent (Part 4 of 5)

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. It’s what we’re told from a young age, and sometimes that stick-to-it-iveness can be an important skill for children and working professionals alike. But do we always need to figure everything out on our own?

Subscribe to Get Updates from Endurance Learning

Brian Washburn, Author

Brian Washburn
CEO & Chief Ideas Guy

Enter your information below and we’ll send you the latest updates from our blog. Thanks for following!

training facilitator evaluation rubric - page 2

Download the Facilitator Evaluation Rubric

Enter your email below and we’ll send you the PDF of the rubric to help you assess the skills of someone delivering training.

Grow your L&D Career Today!

The Foundations of L&D course through the L&D Pro Academy provides the concepts and practical experience you need to grow your confidence and abilities as a well-rounded L&D professional.

Enter your email below and we’ll be in touch with an info sheet!

L&D Pro Academy

Find Your L&D Career Path

Explore the range of careers to understand what role might be a good fit for your L&D career.

Enter your email below and we’ll send you the PDF of the What’s Possible in L&D Worksheet.

What's possible in L&D

Let's Talk Training!

Brian Washburn

Brian Washburn
CEO & Chief Ideas Guy

Enter your information below and we’ll get back to you soon.

Download the Feedback Lesson Plan

Enter your email below and we’ll send you the lesson plan as a PDF.

feedback lesson plan
MS Word Job Aid Template

Download the Microsoft Word Job Aid Template

Enter your email below and we’ll send you the Word version of this template.

Download the Free Lesson Plan Template!

Enter your email below and we’ll send you a Word document that you can start using today!

free lesson plan template
training materials checklist

Download the Training Materials Checklist

Enter your email below and we’ll send you the PDF of the Training Materials Checklist.

Subscribe to Endurance Learning for updates

Get regular updates from the Endurance Learning team.