Evaluating learning and development
This weekâ€™s Key Concept Exercise asks you to consider how evaluation theory can be used practically to help organisations measure the value of learning interventions. This goes beyond the application of techniques and encourages you to drill down into the key questions underpinning evaluation methods and approaches, especially in considering political and stakeholder concerns in the evaluation process. You should feel confident enough about interpreting the theory to come up with new ideas for and approaches to evaluation. This is also a good opportunity for you to showcase any good practice in your own organisation in order to make connections with theory and to aid othersâ€™ learning.
In this weekâ€™s Key Concept Exercise, you define evaluation and explain why organisations evaluate learning activity. In addition, you critique a range of models of evaluation.
To prepare for this Key Concept Exercise:
â€¢ Review the Required Learning Resources for Week 7.
â€¢ Consider why organisations evaluate learning activities.
To complete this Key Concept Exercise:
In an approximately 500-word response, address the following issues/questions:
â€¢ Use specific examples of theories, definitions and practices of evaluation and how they can be applied in an organisational context.
â€¢ In formulating your Key Concept Exercise, consider the following issues/questions:
o How do organisations evaluate learning activities?
o What modules of evaluation are used within organisations?
o Can organisations ever really know that they get a return on investment made in learning and development activities?
o Having considered the literature on the subject, how would you suggest ways that your organisation could improve its evaluation processes?
When writing your responses, synthesise the theory with real-world experience and use examples of the theories in action in a real organisation about which you have read or one in which you have worked.
Be sure to read over your Key Concept Exercise before submitting it to your Instructor. Make sure the spelling and grammar are correct and the language, citing and referencing you use when providing your opinion are appropriate for academic writing.
CIPD (2014) Evaluating learning and development [Online]. Available from: http://www.cipd.co.uk/hr-resources/factsheets/evaluating-learning-talent-development.aspx (Accessed: 4 March 2015).