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707 Maximize Training Transfer Through Results-Driven Design

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM ET
Wednesday, December 6

Research shows that most learning from training is wasted, and learning doesn’t get to be used on the job. This is partly because companies use knowledge to build skills, whereas knowledge doesn’t necessarily enable performance. It is also because of poor evaluation exercises that provide data with little real insight and off-base action steps.

Evidence suggests that training transfer depends on three key factors: trainee characteristics, training design, and the working environment. So, learning professionals can maximize training transfer by using evidence-based learning strategies and rigorous training evaluation.

In this session you will learn about research-backed steps to design and evaluate a “learning journey.” You’ll also explore how to plan a training evaluation, from logic modelling to reporting, as well as the basics of evaluation instruments. You’ll leave the session with a research-based proposed solution to training design & evaluation that is a promising approach to maximize training transfer.

In this session you will learn:

  • How to design training as a learning journey using results-driven approach & evidence-based strategies
  • How to evaluate the effectiveness of your training programs with more rigor other than one-size-fits-all analytics or learner satisfaction surveys
  • Why you should improve your learner surveys
  • The basics of developing criterion-referenced tests

Elham Arabi

Senior Learning Consultant


Elham Arabi, PhD is an award-winning senior learning consultant with global experience at World Health Organization (WHO). She is a research-to-practice expert, specializing in result-driven design and learning evaluation. Elham also serves at the ATD Las Vegas Chapter board of directors. Elham has more than 15 years’ experience in instructional design and developing online and blended learning solutions. Her doctoral dissertation was on enhancing training design based on training evaluation to investigate the effects on training transfer. Her thesis, which has more than 2,000 downloads to date, provides practical steps on implementing an innovative approach to training evaluation and design. She has also been an author at ATD magazine, eLearning Industry, and Learning Scientists.