Meet the Kirkpatrick Model

by Dominique Turnbow

This is the first in a series of posts that will explore assessment and evaluation using the Kirkpatrick Model. Each post will offer a new challenge or insight to help you become acquainted with and use the model to inform the design of your information literacy workshops. Throughout this process, we’ll encourage you to share your ideas through the comments on the blog. The series will culminate with a Lunch N’ Learn (date TBD) where will have a guided discussion about the model and its applicability to information literacy instruction.

The Kirkpatrick Model is a widely used training and evaluation model. The cornerstone of the model are four levels of evaluation developed in 1954 by Donald L. Kirkpatrick as a result of his dissertation, Evaluating Human Relations Programs for Industrial Foremen and Supervisors. Throughout their 55 year history, the description of the four levels have been updated to reflect current evaluation concerns; however, the original four levels remain the same and still relevant.

Overview of the Kirkpatrick Model

Throughout this series, we’ll explore each of the levels, specifically how they inform our evaluation and assessment efforts with regard to information literacy instruction. If you’d like to follow along, subscribe to our RSS feed or click “follow us” in the right panel to receive e-mail notifications when a new post is available. Otherwise, check back on the dates listed below.


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