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Evaluating the Training

Participants should always be given an opportunity for feedback. Ideally the evaluation should relate back to the training goals and objectives. Evaluation strategies should be chosen with the audience in mind. For example, health care professionals might be familiar with Likert-type scales. For an in-depth description of Likert scales, visit www.uic. edu/classes/idsc/ids270sls/likert.htm.

Read each evaluation carefully and then review them for recurrent themes. Trainers learn most from observing and noting the reactions of the majority of the participants rather than focusing on one or two comments.

If you use a quantitative or Likert scale evaluation form, review the average scores for each item. If you use a qualitative evaluation tool, summarize participant comments and reactions. For evaluations to be most useful, trainers need to develop an action plan for incorporating useful feedback into future trainings.