Evaluation is the most neglected part of the L&D cycle.
My guess is that this is because most people in L&D prefer to be in training rooms or designing workshops, or creating transformational strategies to allow individuals and organisations to reach their potential ... I'm getting carried away now ... the point is that few of us get excited about the subject of evaluation.
Merle Van Der Voorde was no exception, and wasn't exactly thrilled when asked to deliver an evaluation project for the various learning and development courses, programmes and other activities on offer.
However, like most things, the more you know about them, the more interesting they become and in this podcast Merle shares the strategy and approach she used, and talks through some examples from her organisation.
Merle Van Der Voorde is a Senior Learning Advisor at the Dutch Academy for International Relations. At the Academy she focuses on informal and social learning, evaluation, intercultural exchange and security and defence topics ... read more about Merle here.
Although Merle loves to be in the to-do-mode, she prefers reflection and is passionate about helping others in their efforts to learn through reflection. Merle doesn’t just like engaging in learning with people, but also with dog! Training dogs – or better- training their owners, is one of her favourite pastimes.