Most L&D specialists understand the importance of training programs and know that data can inform instruction but have no idea where to start. If you fall into this category, this path can definitely assist you. In this path, you will learn best practices for selecting the most appropriate needs assessment strategy, analyzing the data, developing new training programs and improving existing programs based on the new information.
The first step in training improvement is to select an appropriate strategy. There are multiple methods for conducting needs assessments such as surveys, questionnaires, focus groups, and interviews. The exercises below offer an in-depth look at several methods, as well as the benefits and consequences of each strategy.
After selecting an assessment strategy and completing the assessment, you have to analyze your findings. The exercises below demonstrate how to interpret the results from the assessment and simplify the information so it can be used to either develop a new program or modify your existing training.
In this crucial step, you will learn how to fully utilize the data gathered from the needs assessment method you selected. The exercises below share best practices and strategies to create a successful training program informed by data.
In some cases, you may decide that you don't want to completely reinvent the wheel and just want to adjust the program you already have. Data can be used to improve existing programs just as easily as it can be utilized to develop new programs. The exercises below teach you how to take the data extracted from the needs assessment and make the necessary modifications to your training experience.