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Post-training support : the evaluation

This page aims to explain some theoretical points of our conception of evaluation in the context of post-training support. With these key concepts, a training team can consider designing and systematizing evaluation tools.

Definition of post-training support

Post-training support is a stage that comes after training and includes two steps :

 The first step is to assess what has been done following the training. This is the evaluation phase, which can be compared to taking a snapshot at a moment in time, a few weeks, months, or years after the training.

 The second step is to support the implementation of what has been learned. This is the follow-up phase, which aims at changing actions and addressing what was not achieved when the evaluation snapshot was taken.

Definition of the evaluation

 There is no training withou evaluation
The evaluation is a process that aims to identify the results of the training action, both those that were intended and those that were induced by the action itself.

 What is an evaluation ?
The evaluation is the process of setting benchmarks to assess the effects produced by the training action.

Evaluation provides information and insight into :
 The learning outcomes achieved through the training : the knowledge and skills that have been acquired by the participants.
 The effects of the training action : the changes that have been produced by it in the social environment.

Importance of the evaluation

What is the purpose of the evaluation ?

Goals :

Understand the main principles of post-training evaluation ;
Position the evaluation within the post-training support process.

Practical use :

This theoretical input was used with UGPM to create tools for evaluating post-training impacts of training modules.

External sources  : References taken and adapted from : Formateurs d’adultes : Se professionnaliser, Exercer au quotidien ; 6th edition reviewed and expanded ; Jean-Paul Martin and Emile Savary, p.294.

Auteur(s) : Frères des Hommes