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Evaluation as defined by Kaufman and Keller 1994 is the act of comparing results with intentions 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 my success Donald 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 For this article critique we will be exploring Kirkpatricks Four Levels of Evaluation The article series Techniques For Evaluating Training Programs breaks down each of Kirkpatricks levels and applies the techniques to evaluate training programs This article is important to this AHRD 690 Program Evaluation and Measure in AHRD because it gives us tools and worksheets to guide us when we are in the field This article is also important because it is major field of study within AHRD Kirkpatrick created this framework to help us accurately measure the effectiveness of programs Measuring and evaluation are important topics in this field because understanding these topics will help us validate programs we may be trying to use or help us distinguish between potential programs Evaluations are able to pin point the weaknesses within trainings Saks Burke 2012 According to Kaufman Keller 1994 evaluation is very important to success and continual improvement Summary Techniques for Evaluating Training Programs was written to give training directors specific techniques to increase the evaluation of their training programs Kirkpatrick 1959a The first article focuses on the first level of evaluation Reaction Reaction according to Kirkpatrick 1959a is the immediate feel participants have after participating in a training program When evaluating a training program on
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