Document Details

Document Type:   Thesis
Title:   An Analysis of the Methods Utilized in Business and Industrial Organizations by West Virginia Training Professionals to Identify Organizational Training Needs and Evaluate Training Effectiveness
Author:   Jody L. Christian
College:   Education & Human Services
Degree Program:   Adult and Technical Education, M.S.
Degree:   Master of Science
Committee Director:   Dr. Laura Wyant
Document Availability:   Document available for World-Wide access.
Date of Defense:   11/27/2001

As technology advances and job requirements change, how do business and industrial organizations know if the training they provide is actually the training their employees need? With limited training dollars, are organizations effectively targeting their training needs? How do organizations know that the training program is producing value to the organization? What methods do business and industrial organizations use to assess the training’s value? Additionally, are these organizations evaluating their training courses to determine whether they are effectively meeting the needs of their employees? This research project has addressed these types of issues and identified various methods used to conduct training needs analysis along with numerous evaluation tools utilized in business and industrial organizations by training professionals in the state of West Virginia. Results and actions taken by companies that are directly related to the use of training needs analysis and training evaluation are also included in this study. 

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