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Evaluating Learning Impact

  • 20 Jul 2017
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Larimer County Workforce Center at 200 West Oak, fifth floor, Fort Collins, CO 80521



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Evaluating Learning Impact


Evaluating learning impact is becoming increasingly important as more organizations want to ensure their investment in learning is paying off. Research shows that CEOs would like to see data on the impact of learning but most departments share only data on number of participants and their satisfaction with the training.


Join Dave Vance to learn more about the theory and practice of measuring impact. He will share approaches from the two industry leaders, Don Kirkpatrick and Jack Phillips, and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each approach. He will also discuss the isolation issue which is central to the Phillips approach and required to answer the question, “How much of the change was due just to learning, apart from all the other factors?”  The need to isolate the impact of learning from other potential factors is the primary reason many professionals never make it to level 4 impact, but Dave will share some relatively simple ways to accomplish it. He will also share his measurement experiences at Caterpillar where they measured impact on numerous programs.


Dave was president of Caterpillar University from 2001-2007. In that period Cat U won numerous awards for measurement and was ranked #1 in the ATD BEST Awards in 2005. Prior to leading Cat U, Dave was Chief Economist and Head of the Business Intelligence Group at Caterpillar. His book, The Business of Learning, was published in 2010. Dave teaches human capital management in the Ph.D. programs at Bellevue University and University of Southern Mississippi.

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Date: 7/20/2017

Time: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Larimer County Workforce Center

200 West Oak, fifth floor

Fort Collins, CO  80521

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