The Learning & Development field has grown by leaps and bounds over the last decade. Learning Professionals have expanded their expertise and can now be seen in every facet of the business. Aligned with this expansion is the role of the trainer. Trainers and instructors are now as essential to business development as your Sales & Marketing team. Since there is such a large investment in training, it is very important for the business that the learners receive what they need from the training, and they are able to improve or transform from the information. Learner assessments provide a way to measure this and ensure the learning initiatives are successful.

Assessment tools measure the effectiveness of the materials used, the trainer, the use of instructional technology, knowledge transfer, and satisfaction. Many trainers and L&D professionals use Kirkpatrick's Four-Level Training Evaluation Model (explained in detail below) for measuring the effectiveness of various training solutions. Remember, the objective is to deliver the data and feedback in order to improve training delivery and in turn, impact.

This learning path will explore the benefits of clarifying your performance measures first so you can create or improve upon your own assessment tool, and use it to evaluate the effectiveness of learner assessments.