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Wednesday, 19 December 2007


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John D Roberts


Thanks for breaking down some of the data for us.

I've just reviewed the series posts so far. The hard data is reassuring, but not yet very surprising.

Yes, better educated practitioners can effect better learning evaluation and educate stakeholders, which leads to more valuable evaluation results. But we work in an non- (or anti)-intellectual context (country?). I think this is one of the reasons there are few Masters on the job and that they are more rarely hired as consultants to improve measurement. So many businesses, big ones in particular, succeed despite the things they do not do well. This is one of them.

I'm a big fan of evaluation and urge it on clients by linking its implications to action planning, recruiting, coaching, and talent management to make data work for managers. Even among people who buy into that logical link, it is an uphill road to convince them to do the hard work and use the data. It points toward a need for long-term planning and organizational development, all so far beyond the scope of where "training" is supposed to be playing.

Keep up the good work. Looking forward to the holy-crap,-I-didn't-see-that-coming moment.

Cheers, John

On the blog itself, fyi: I can see the width of the charts in my feed reader, but not in the post. How about a click-through to view the chart? Or something?

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