Donald Kirkpatrick is Professor Emeritus of the University of Wisconsin in North America and a past president of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD).
He is best known for creating a highly influential model for training evaluation, consisting of four levels of learning evaluation.
Kirkpatrick's ideas were first published in 1959, in a series of articles in the US Training and Development Journal but are better known from a book he published in 1975 entitled, "Evaluating Training Programs".
The Kirkpatrick's evaluation model measures training effectiveness at four levels:
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