Kirkpatrick dies aged 90

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Written by Debbie Carter on 15 May 2014 in News

L&D guru leaves a firm footprint in the field of workplace learning

Donald Kirkpatrick, who is best known for creating the influential four level model of training evaluation, died peacefully at home surrounded by his close family on May 9th. The famous Kirkpatrick Model of evaluation evolved from his PhD dissertation in 1954, and these ideas were developed further in 1959 when they were published in the US Training and Development Journal where their popularity grew and they became for many the standard methodology for measuring the value of training.

Writing in January this year, Kirkpatrick reflected on his legacy: “When people think about Kirkpatrick, I don’t want them to think about me; I want them to think about the model and the mission to ensure that training contributes to organizational results. I hope that my model helps to improve training and follow-up so that the lives of those to be impacted by organizations – citizens, customers, patients, clients, children and families – ultimately benefit in some way.”

Kirkpatrick was Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin in the United States and a past president of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD). He authored eight books on training evaluation and human resource management topics and was honoured for his contribution to the training industry with numerous awards, receiving the ASTD Lifetime Achievement Award, ASTD Legend in Training and Development, ASTD Gordon M. Bliss Award and Training Magazine Hall of Fame membership.

A full tribute to the work of Kirkpatrick will appear in the July edition of TJ


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