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"Is leadership training
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WAS IT WORTH IT?
MEASURING THE
IMPACT AND ROI OF
LEADERSHIP TRAINING
BY PAUL LEONE, PH.D.
Taking leaders of any level away from their everyday
roles is a costly proposition. If business leaders and
stakeholders are truly going to be convinced and buy
in to leadership training, they're going to want tangible
evidence of bottom-line business impact. So, as training
evaluators, we always have to ask the question: "Do
the revenue-generating or cost-saving benefits of the
leader training outweigh the costs of the entire training
experience?" In other words, is the leadership training
really worth it?

Another question training evaluators
should be able to answer for their
stakeholders is, "How much does it benefit
the business to send participants through
the training sooner rather than later?" For
instance, what's the benefit of training new
leaders in the first three to six months of
their new role, as opposed to postponing
or putting off the training? Many leaders
and their managers think they can't afford
to leave the business for one or two days
to go through training. As an evaluator, I
wanted to conduct a case study to prove
that leaders can't afford not to go through
training. The following case study is based
on a two-day leadership training program
for new leaders that I evaluated at Verizon.

What We Measured
To provide evidence of the impact
of training, we implemented a
comprehensive evaluation strategy that
measured success at every level and
milestone of the trainee's experience. That
is, were they engaged and satisfied with
the experience? Did they learn anything
new? Did they apply the training and

improve any key leadership behaviors
back on the job? Did those behaviors
impact the business? Which performance
metrics did their teams and direct reports
improve? What were those improvements
worth to the organization in dollar value?
Did the dollar benefits outweigh the costs
of training, and what helped or hurt the
transfer of learning back to the job. Why
would some participants get a bigger
impact and return on investment (ROI)
than others?
This approach is based on the five-level
Phillips/Kirkpatrick model of training
evaluation, with the addition of a level
six added to understand what transfer
climate factors were at work to improve
impact and ROI.
* Level 1: Did they like it? Were
participants engaged with content,
facilitators and overall delivery of the
training experience?
* Level 2: Did they learn anything?
What new knowledge and skills did
participants gain from the training?

* Level 3: Are they doing anything
differently
or
better?
What
improvements have they had in
key behaviors back on the job after
attending the training?
* Level 4: Are they impacting the
business? Are these improved behaviors
increasing their key performance
metrics that can increase revenue or
create cost-saving efficiencies?
* Level 5: Was it worth the investment?
Did the benefits of training outweigh
its costs?
* Level 6: What maximizes training
impact? What factors back on the job
can help or hinder the application and
transfer of learning?
This is powerful data to show stakeholders
because it describes how successive
rollouts can be optimized and underscores
the importance of things like manager
endorsement of the training and manager
support back on the job.

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Learning Analytics: Table Stakes for Business Success
Table of Contents
Let's Build a Measurement Practice for L&D
Brain-Based Learning Analytics and Evaluation Practices
Who [Else] Cares About Learning Impact Data
Justifying the Investment in Leadership Training
Is Training Analytics Smoke and Mirrors?
Leveraging Analytical Tools to Transform L&D
Levearging Learning Analytics to Improve Business Outcomes: Where to Start
Was It Worth It? Measuring the Impact and ROI of Leadership Training
How to Make the Transition to a Data-Driven Learning Culture
How Personal Skills AI Assistants Might Disrupt Corporate Training
Machines Are the Future of Training: How Data-Driven Feedback Is Fostering Improvement and Enhancing Human Relationships
Improving Instructor Impact on Learning with Analytics
A Year in the Life: Evolving L&D Metrics From a Reporting Managed Service to Business Insight Partner
Localizing E-Learning Programs for an International Audience
Learning Analytics Is More Than Data Collection
Using Business Data to Drive Training Objectives
Quality versus Quantity: How Analytics Can Improve Training Effectiveness
Coursera Reaches Unicorn Status and Accelerates Enterprise Product Innovation
Company News
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Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - 3
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - 4
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - Learning Analytics: Table Stakes for Business Success
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - Table of Contents
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - 7
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - 8
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - 9
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - 10
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - Let's Build a Measurement Practice for L&D
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - 12
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - Brain-Based Learning Analytics and Evaluation Practices
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - 14
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - Who [Else] Cares About Learning Impact Data
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - 16
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - Justifying the Investment in Leadership Training
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - Is Training Analytics Smoke and Mirrors?
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - 19
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - 20
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - 21
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - Leveraging Analytical Tools to Transform L&D
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - 23
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - 24
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - 25
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - Levearging Learning Analytics to Improve Business Outcomes: Where to Start
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Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - 30
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - 31
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Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - Was It Worth It? Measuring the Impact and ROI of Leadership Training
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - 34
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - 35
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - How to Make the Transition to a Data-Driven Learning Culture
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - 37
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - How Personal Skills AI Assistants Might Disrupt Corporate Training
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Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - 40
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - 41
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - Machines Are the Future of Training: How Data-Driven Feedback Is Fostering Improvement and Enhancing Human Relationships
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Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - 44
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - 45
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Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - Improving Instructor Impact on Learning with Analytics
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - 48
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - 49
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - A Year in the Life: Evolving L&D Metrics From a Reporting Managed Service to Business Insight Partner
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - 51
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - Localizing E-Learning Programs for an International Audience
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - 53
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - 54
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - Learning Analytics Is More Than Data Collection
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - 56
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - Using Business Data to Drive Training Objectives
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - 58
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - Quality versus Quantity: How Analytics Can Improve Training Effectiveness
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - Coursera Reaches Unicorn Status and Accelerates Enterprise Product Innovation
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