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Old-school data is hurting your training program

You’ve heard the phrase “Knowledge is power,” but when it comes to your corporate training program, knowledge isn’t just influential, it keeps your company moving forward. Knowledge should be readily available, easy to share, and most importantly, shared with the right people. With project deadlines and profitability on the line every day, it’s easy for information-sharing to take a back seat in many companies. This is where your training program comes into play.

 How To Evaluate Success of TrainingIf you’re banking on hard copies of important information to teach employees, it’s time to make the transition to digital reporting. Digitized reporting not only solves common information-sharing problems like lag time and data clutter, it empowers new workers (including the ones in your training program)  to get information as they need, so you don’t have to anticipate their learning curves. Making the switch to digital won’t create a successful program, though; you still need a strategy.

Here are a few tips to get started, and a few more to help you improve your current program:

How To Measure Training Success with Metrics

Gathering information about your  training program is easy if you ask the right questions. Here are a few questions you can use as a benchmark to measure the success of your employee training:

  • Did you set clear, actionable goals for your training program?
  • How many goals did you meet? Which ones were unattained?
  • What were some recurring problems your program encountered?
  • Were different topics communicated effectively to each audience?
  • Was the audience engaged during training? Were they interested?

Keep in mind that your training program is a work in progress, and improvement doesn’t end after you initiate one round of changes. Constantly evaluate your training program, identify weaknesses, and make adjustments.

Read next: How to Spot and Stop Bad Data

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What an A+ Training Program Looks Like

Gathering data is a great way to gauge training success, but it’s important to make sure you get started on the right foot. The following principles are a good place to start, whether you’re just starting your program or want to bulletproof a current strategy.

A good corporate training strategy…

  • Uses on-the-job and simulated scenarios to gauge performance. Both of these methods can show if your program was successful. In general, use simulated training and assessment for high-risk tasks. You can even create a scenario for new trainees to practice what he or she has learned and coach them along the way.
  • Has actionable goals. You can’t measure your training program without KPIs (key performance indicators). These objectives should be challenging but realistic. Even more importantly, they should be specific, such as increasing a specific KPI by a 15%, etc.
  • Lets employees share what they learned. According to com, students (or employees, in this case) retain about 5% of what they learn during a lecture. That’s a pretty discouraging statistic, but the same employees will retain roughly 90% of what they learn by relaying that information to someone else. So if you really want your training program to stick, give employees a chance in front of the whiteboard to teach others what they’ve learned.
  • Pays attention to data. Trainees aren’t the only ones who should learn from your training program. You should too – and in a way, your strategy should teach itself. As you continue to implement changes to your program, track its success and use that data to see how people progress and how you can improve the process moving forward.

Ready to take your training program back to school? We can help.

At iDashboards, we offer data visualization technology that can help you create an effective training program. Through data visualization, you can achieve two things: Convey important company data to employees in a clear, easy-to-access way, and track the success of your training strategy. We can help you reach your training goals, contact us today to see how iDashboards can benefit your organization.

Tell us about your corporate training success metrics and how you track your strategy’s progress!

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Trip Dixon Director of Operations @iDashboards

As iDashboards Operations Director, Trip Dixon manages all aspects of the marketing, professional services, pre-sales services and technical support departments. In addition to Trip’s leadership expertise, he is an experienced presenter and has spoken at numerous industry events all over the world.


  1. I like that you mentioned using data and performance to alter and improve strategies put in place. The company I work for started a training program in the office last week, and results have shown positive so far. Thanks for the information-I’ll be sure to keep it in mind while I work with my team to provide the best strategies we can for the company!

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