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Training Program Evaluation

Federal Employee Development (FED) Evalu-Add Learning Series

Beginning on November 8th, OPM will host a series of monthly evaluation learning sessions.  These sessions will showcase effective and innovative evaluation practices and tools that will increase your evaluation ability, and help improve training program management. These sessions are intended to integrate theory with practical applications on the following training program evaluation topics: 

  • Theory of Change
  • Logic Models
  • Learning Design
  • Decision Making 

The learning sessions will be facilitated using a blended-learning format and provide networking opportunities with evaluation experts (see event information below).  

Who should attend?

  • Federal learning and development professionals, especially those with program evaluation responsibilities. 

What are the intended outcomes?

Participants of the Evalu-Add learning sessions will:

  • Increase knowledge of the diversity in evaluation design and practices to guide the development of a training program evaluation.
  • Gain knowledge about universal evaluation principles.
  • Increase awareness of evaluation professionals within the collective federal evaluation community (whether or not those professionals work in “training”).
  • Increase capacity to collect accurate and reliable evaluation data to use in making data driven decisions.
  • Determine the role and impact of evaluation in risk management and program effectiveness. 

Why is OPM planning this event?

These sessions are a part of OPM’s ongoing efforts to provide agencies support in meeting the President’s Management Agenda, “Workforce of the 21st Century” Cross-Agency Priority Goal. These sessions will provide Federal employees’ evaluation guidance and resources that aid in their continuous program improvement initiatives. 

Additionally, agencies are required by regulation to “evaluate their training programs annually to determine how well such plans and programs contribute to mission accomplishment and meet organizational performance goals”.  The lack of evaluation capacity, use of evaluation practices, and ability to evaluate training program impact greatly compromises the integrity of training evaluation data and its use in making data driven decisions. 

How can I find additional information?

  • OPM Training Program Evaluation page (see event information below).
  • Federal Training and Development Listserv email updates. Click the link, http://listserv.opm.gov/wa.exe?A0=LEG-POL, to subscribe to the listserv and select “Join”.

Please e-mail any questions to SESDevelopment@opm.gov


FED Evalu-Add Learning Session

Evidence Based Decision Making

Wednesday, June 26, 2019
9:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. EST
Federal Student Aid
830 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20202

Over the past decade the responsibilities of government leaders have changed significantly: increasingly to deliver on the President’s Management Agenda of mission, service, and stewardship we must solve complex organizational problems. These changes demand that timely decisions be made often based on incomplete information. Even effective leaders make mistakes and undergo constant criticism and second-guessing from people inside and outside their organizations. Consequentially, these leaders are best served when they can apply tested methods for continuously improving the decision-making process based on informed thinking.

The Evidence-based Decision Making workshop offers participants a unique insight into decision making from the perspectives of time, predictability, and a managing mindset. This workshop will help to enhance your understanding of how an evidence-based approach can be used to support organizational decision-making and management practice.

Workshop Objectives

In this workshop, you will:

  • Identify challenges that require decision-making based on knowledge of evidence-based principles and competencies
  • Practice establishing a strategy to acquire the best available evidence relevant to the challenge
  • Determine the appropriate evidence-based framework relevant to questions
  • Prioritize relevant evidence to support discovering workable solutions 
  • Generate a plan for operationalizing evidence-based decision making

About the Presenter

Dr. Quentin T. Currie is a Senior Advisor for Instruction at the U.S. Department of Education. He has had a distinguished career, as scholar, practitioner, educator and administrator. Dr. Currie lectures nationally and writes extensively on topics concerning rich media’s impact on cognitive load. Most recently, Dr. Currie’s work and research energies have focused on leadership development programs using distributed learning technologies. 

Registration

Space is very limited, and will be first-come, first-serve. If you are registering more than one person, please use individual names and email addresses. Multiple registrations under one person’s name will not be accepted. Click this link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/evaluadd-evidence-based-decision-making-tickets-61952079337 to register for the workshop.

For questions about the workshop, please email SESDevelopment@opm.gov.

Past Events

Demonstrating Learning’s Value: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach

Monday, March 25, 2019
9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. EST
Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
1900 E Street, NW, Room 1350
Washington, DC 20415

Proving that learning makes a difference is a continual journey (and some might even portend it’s a battle). This workshop provides insights into proven evaluation techniques, and uses the logic model as a centerpiece of an effective evaluation strategy. In addition, there are several other organizational dynamics that may get overlooked in conversations on learning’s value proposition. Dynamics such as strategy, talent management health, organizational change, resources, and how learning is positioned within agencies are major contributors to that conversation. This highly interactive workshop will expose you to these concepts and engage you in a rich discussion.  At the end of the workshop, you will be able to proficiently identify and use an assortment of techniques to evaluate learning’s value and its connection with the agency’s strategies and talent initiatives.

Workshop Objectives

In this workshop, you will:

  • Assess the health of your agency’s talent management practices.
  • Explore the role of organizational change and diagnosis as it relates to learning.
  • Explore the crucial role of needs analysis.
  • Consider the business of learning in the context of evaluation.
  • Develop a branding strategy for learning to promote its role as a strategic business partner.
  • Identify stakeholders and assess relationships.
  • Discover evaluation concepts.
  • Apply concepts to real-world talent development initiatives in your home agency.
  • Engage in a number of activities at the individual, small group, and workshop-wide level.

Presenters

  • Dr. David Rude, Chief Learning Officer (CLO) for the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
  • Cynthia Way, Chief Learning Officer for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Priscilla Novak, Management and Program Analyst with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM)

Slides 

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