Training Evaluation

Demonstrating that learners have mastered the competencies needed for effective practice is a key objective of our program.  Competence requires professional judgment and critical thinking to translate knowledge, skills, and values into effective practice behaviors. Below are the major tools CADER uses to analyze the effectiveness of the programs we provide. These reports provide information on the extent to which training has resulted in improved practice skills with older adults and people with disabilities and ultimately in the program’s overall effectiveness.

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Pre- and Post-Course Assessment of Competency Gains

One of our primary methods to measure the success of an organization’s training program is to conduct pre- and post-course assessments of competencies.  The assessment tool is a multi-item self-assessment that relates to the key content of each course. The learner completes the same assessment at the beginning and end of the training and a score is derived by comparing pre- and post-training assessments.  A final report enables organizations to assess competency gains in specific content areas, both for individuals, and the organization as a whole.  We are also able to provide benchmark scores so that the organization can compare the competency gains of its workers to similar workers in other organizations.

Course Evaluation

An important element of any evaluation program is feedback on the quality of the training. Upon completion of each course, participants rate courses through a brief evaluation tool. This evaluation includes questions about the effectiveness of the online course, including whether course objectives were clearly described and met, the quality and applicability of the course, whether the course expanded learner knowledge and understanding of the topic area, and whether the training will help them to apply practice skills in the topic area.

Post-Training Program Evaluation

This survey can be distributed three months post-training to assess the impact of the training on the workforce, organization, and population they serve. This brief evaluation includes questions related to the expansion of knowledge, development of new skills, and the ability to do a better job as a result of the training program.

Final Report

At the end of the training program, CADER can prepare a final report for participating organizations with an analysis of training outcomes.  This will include demographic information about the learners, course and program completion rates, a summary of competency gains, and course and program evaluations. Visit the Reports and Publications section to read evaluation reports.