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Summary:  The first step in implementing a corporate training initiative has always been to launch a comprehensive needs assessment to establish the goals, objectives and scope of the training project. However, as the pace of business has accelerated and the size of training budgets has shrunk, too often training departments can find themselves pressured to begin development of initiatives without having established these key metrics. In the long run this can lead to ineffective and poorly adopted training that fails to meet the goals it was designed to achieve.

  • Audience. List the unique attributes of the learners.image-5
  • Needs. Once the audience map is complete a complex breakdown of needs will begin to emerge.
  • Successes. Give a report on successes the organization has had with past learning initiatives.
  • Weaknesses. Discussing weaknesses and failures from past courses will identify the elements that need to be avoided in future training initiatives.
  • Existing content and expertise. Determine what raw material, instructional content, SMEs and information is already available to repurpose.
  • Results. Establish the expectation of what the optimal results should be and determine the metrics of success for the new initiative.

When Urgency to Launch Your Training Initiative Means There Isn’t Time for Comprehensive Analysis – There is an ANSWER.