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Evaluation helps identify both areas of success and areas that may need improvement Understanding the significance of evaluation is important when entering the field of human resources As an inspiring human resource generalist being able to accurately evaluate performance and other factors contributing to the growth of the organization is detrimental to the success of the organizationDonald Kirkpatrick the creator of Kirkpatricks Four Levels of Evaluation provided a framework for professionals to answer evaluation questions in regard to training Kaufman Keller 1994 Although Kirkpatricks Four Levels of Evaluation are recognized throughout the HRD profession the framework has faced harsh criticisms and an adjustment has been recommended The articles being critiqued focus on identifying the flaws with Kirkpatricks framework and suggest adjustments for the framework Also being evaluated throughout the assigned articles is training myths that limit the effectiveness of training Analyzing these articles will allow students in AHRD 640 Program Evaluation and Measure in AHRD to better understand the tool of evaluation and how to better construct training to yield better results This article is also important because it is major field of study within AHRD Kirkpatrick created this framework to help measure the effectiveness of programs By addressing the flaws of this framework it allows the continual use and remains relevant to the field Measuring and evaluation are important topics in this field because understanding these topics will help validate programs and interventions Evaluations are able to pin point the weaknesses within trainings and interventions Saks Burke 2012 According to Kaufman Keller 1994 evaluation is very important to success and continual improvement SummaryThe first level being critiqued is Levels of Evaluation Beyond Kirkpatrick by Kaufman and Keller 1994 Kaufman and Keller 1994 explore Kirkpatricks Four Levels of Evaluation throughout the article In the article the art of evaluation is critiqued and looked at to include
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