Five Methods Available for Measuring Outcome of Training.

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Evaluating the outcomes of training is a challenging task. The goal is to assess changes in three areas: knowledge, attitude, and behavior. Five methods for measuring the outcome of training:: 1.Observation In addition to the invited learners, members of the planning committee and others attended the institutes. This group was asked to be observers for the training. The goal was to observe presenters, participants, planners, and the interaction among these people. Each observer was asked to write down their observations using the following guidelines. • Level of engagement of participants during presentations and exercises. Are people attentive? Were they engaged in other activities rather than listening to presenters or note taking? • Response of participants to content in the presentations. Were people listening more intently or taking more extensive notes at certain times during presentations? • Questions asked during the institute related to content and logistics. 2.Questionnaire The primary method used for participant feedback was a written questionnairesent to participants. The questionnaire asked about expectations, usefulness of individual sessions, effectiveness of presenters, and amount of learning in specific topic areas. To assess their learning, participants were asked to rate how much they learned on a variety of topics. The answers gave a more in-depth view of the impact of the institute on learners. These comments illustrated the value and outcomes of the institute and illuminated the results from the rating scales. Because learners come to training with varied backgrounds and expectations, the most significant outcome of the training varies. It is in these responses that the impact on individuals is most evident. 3. Interviews Individual interviews by telephone or in-person focus groups would

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