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J Intellect Dev Disabil. 2009 Sep;34(3):266-74. doi: 10.1080/13668250903093125.

The Kirkpatrick model: A useful tool for evaluating training outcomes.

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Discipline of Speech Pathology, University of Sydney, Cumberland Campus, PO Box 170, 75 East Street, Lidcombe, NSW1825, Australia. andy@eye.com.au

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Services employing staff to support people with disability usually provide training in a range of areas including communication and managing challenging behaviour. Given that such training can be costly and time-consuming, it is important to evaluate the evidence presented in support of such programs. Efficacy in clinical practice is measured using evidence-based practice. However, there is currently no model that is widely used to compare and evaluate training programs despite the large number of training programs reported each year.

METHOD:

Six studies published in the last decade that reported the outcomes of communication-based training and six that reported on the outcomes of challenging behaviour training were evaluated using the 4-level Kirkpatrick model.

RESULTS:

Comparison of the levels of evidence is made for these 12 studies.

CONCLUSION:

The Kirkpatrick model provides one technique for appraisal of the evidence for any reported training program and could be used to evaluate whether a training program is likely to meet the needs and requirements of both the organisation implementing the training and the staff who will participate.

PMID:
19681007
DOI:
10.1080/13668250903093125
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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