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1 Phillips Associates 1 Capturing Elusive Level 3 Data: The Secrets Of Survey Design Session: SU116 Capturing Elusive Level 3 Data: The Secrets Of Survey Design Session: SU116 Presented by: Ken Phillips Phillips Associates May 19, 2013

2 Phillips Associates 2 ➤ Review Kirkpatrick/Phillips 5 Level Evaluation Model ➤ Examine Level 3 evaluation facts ➤ Analyze survey creation errors in a sample Level 3 evaluation ➤ Apply 12 tips for creating valid, scientifically sound Level 3 evaluations AGENDA

3 Phillips Associates 3 Levels of EvaluationMeasurement FocusTime Frame Level 1: ReactionParticipant favorable reaction to a learning program Conclusion of learning program Level 2: LearningDegree to which participants acquired new knowledge, skills or attitudes Conclusion of learning program or within 6 to 8 weeks after Level 3: BehaviorDegree to which participants applied back-on-the-job what was learned 2 to 12 months Level 4: ResultsDegree to which targeted business outcomes were achieved 9 to 18 months Level 5: ROIDegree to which monetary program benefits exceed program costs 9 to 18 months KIRKPATRICK/PHILLIPS EVALUATION MODEL

4 Phillips Associates 4 LEVEL 3 EVALUATION FACTS* 55% of organizations evaluate at least some learning programs at Level 3 Organizations that use Level 3s on average evaluate 25% of all programs 75% of organizations view data collected as having high or very high value *ASTD Research Study, “The Value of Evaluation: Making Training Evaluations More Effective,” 2009

5 Phillips Associates 5 *Donald & James Kirkpatrick, “Evaluating Training Programs: The Four Levels,” DATA COLLECTION METHODS 5

6 Phillips Associates 6 LEVEL 3 EVALUATION FACTS* ➤ Most common methods for evaluating behavior Participant surveys (31%) Action planning (27%) Performance records monitoring (24%) On job observation (24%) *ASTD Research Study 2009

7 Phillips Associates 7 POSSIBLE SURVEY RESPONDENTS ➤ Learners ➤ Peers/colleagues ➤ Direct reports ➤ Managers ➤ External customers

8 Phillips Associates 8 HOW TO DECIDE Who has first-hand knowledge of learners’ behavior? How disruptive/costly is data collection method? How credible do results need to be? What are business executive/stakeholder expectations?

9 Phillips Associates 9 REQUIRED DRIVERS* ➤ Planning to measure behavior? Include required drivers Reinforcements – follow-up modules, job aids Encouragement – coaching, mentoring Rewards – recognition, $ Monitoring – surveys, focus groups, ➤ On-the-job behavior change is both our & management’s responsibility *Kirkpatrick Four Levels Evaluation Certification Program participant workbook

10 Phillips Associates 10 SAMPLE LEVEL 3 PARTICIPANT SURVEY

11 Phillips Associates Before providing employees with feedback about their job performance, my manager considers whether or not he or she is knowledgeable about their job. 25. When giving feedback to an employee my manager considers whether it should be done privately or in the presence of others. WHAT’S WRONG WITH THESE?

12 Phillips Associates 12 TIP 1 (CONTENT) *Palmer Morrel-Samuels, “Getting the Truth into Workplace Surveys”, Harvard Business Review, Focus on observable behavior not thoughts or motives*

13 Phillips Associates My manager gives his or her employees feedback just as soon as possible after an event has happened and avoids getting emotional or evaluative. 18. My manager provides employees with regular ongoing feedback about their job performance and speaks in a normal conversational tone or manner when delivering the feedback. WHAT’S WRONG WITH THESE?

14 Phillips Associates 14 TIP 2 (CONTENT) Limit each item to a single description of behavior* *Palmer Morrel-Samuels, 2002

15 Phillips Associates 15 WHAT’S WRONG WITH THESE? 2. My manager doesn’t get to know his or her employees as individuals before providing them with feedback about their job performance. 7. When giving employees feedback about their job performance, my manager doesn’t distinguish between patterns of behavior and random one-time events.

16 Phillips Associates 16 TIP 3 (CONTENT) *Palmer Morrel-Samuels, Word about 1/3 of the survey items so that the desired answer is negative*

17 Phillips Associates 17 WHAT’S WRONG WITH THESE? ➤ Building Trust ➤ Credibility ➤ Feedback Sign ➤ Feedback Timing ➤ Feedback Frequency ➤ Message Characteristics

18 Phillips Associates 18 TIP 4 (FORMAT) Keep sections of the survey unlabeled* *Palmer Morrel-Samuels, 2002.

19 Phillips Associates 19 TIP 5 (FORMAT) *Palmer Morrel-Samuels, Design sections to contain a similar number of items and questions to contain a similar number of words*

20 Phillips Associates 20 TIP 6 (FORMAT) Place questions regarding respondent demographics (e.g. name, title, department, etc.) at end of survey, make completion optional and keep questions to a minimum* *Palmer Morrel-Samuels, 2002.

21 Phillips Associates 21 TIP 7 (MEASUREMENT) Collect data from multiple observers or a single observer multiple times

22 Phillips Associates 22 WHAT’S WRONG WITH THIS? Strongly Agree DisagreeStrongly Disagree N/A 4321

23 Phillips Associates 23 TIP 8 (MEASUREMENT) Create a response scale with numbers at regularly spaced intervals and words only at each end* *Palmer Morrel-Samuels, 2002.

24 Phillips Associates 24 EXAMPLES This: Not This: Never This: Not at all True Rarely True Occasionally True Somewhat True Mostly True Frequently True Completely True Not at all True Completely True Not at all True Rarely True Occasionally True Somewhat True Mostly True Frequently True Completely True

25 Phillips Associates 25 TIP 9 (MEASUREMENT) *Palmer Morrel-Samuels, Use only one response scale with an odd number of points (7, 9 & 11 point scales are best)*

26 Phillips Associates 26 ODD vs EVEN SCALE

27 Phillips Associates 27 TIP 10 (MEASUREMENT) Use a response scale that measures frequency not agreement or effectiveness* *Palmer Morrel-Samuels, 2002.

28 Phillips Associates 28EXAMPLES This: Or this: Not at all True Completely True NeverAlways

29 Phillips Associates 29 TIP 11 (MEASUREMENT) Place small numbers at left or low end of scale and large numbers at right or high end of scale

30 Phillips Associates 30EXAMPLES This: Not this: Not at all True Completely True Completely True Not at all True

31 Phillips Associates 31 TIP 12 (MEASUREMENT) Include a “Not Applicable” or “Did Not Observe” response choice and make it different* *Palmer Morrel-Samuels, 2002.

32 Phillips Associates 32EXAMPLE Not at all True Completely True NA

33 Phillips Associates 33 SUMMARY (CONTENT) Focus on observable behavior Limit ideas to a single description of behavior Word 1/3 of items as reverse score

34 Phillips Associates 34 SUMMARY (FORMAT) Keep survey sections unlabeled Design sections to contain similar number of items & questions similar number of words Place questions regarding respondent demographics at end of survey, make completion optional and keep questions to a minimum

35 Phillips Associates 35 SUMMARY (MEASUREMENT) Collect data from multiple observers or multiple times Create a response scale that: Has words only at each end Has an odd number of points Measures frequency Has small numbers at left and large numbers at right Includes a “Not Applicable” that is different

36 Phillips Associates 36 Phillips, Ken, “Eight Tips on Developing Valid Level 1 Evaluation Forms,” Training Today, Fall 2007, pps. 8 & 14. Phillips, Ken, “Developing Valid Level 2 Evaluations,” Training Today, Fall Phillips, Ken, “Capturing Elusive Level 3 Data: The Secrets of Participant Survey Design,” Unpublished article, Phillips, Ken, “Do Level 1 Evaluations Have a Role in Organizational Learning Strategy?”, Unpublished article, FREE ARTICLES

37 Phillips Associates 37 YOUR FEEDBACK COUNTS! >Your Feedback Counts! Evaluation forms for this session are available NOW via the mobile app and at the following link:

38 Phillips Associates 38 Ken Phillips Phillips Associates N. Wooded Glen Drive Grayslake, Illinois (847)


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