A comprehensive, formal end-of-training evaluation was used at the conclusion of the third day of the train-the-trainer. The end of training evaluation used a 4-point Likert scale and asked trainees to rate a series of statements from strongly agree (4) to strongly disagree (1). The statements focused on the efficacy of the facilitator, the content relevancy and how the much the materials and location contributed to the trainee’s learning. Trainees were also asked to rate how effective the training was in meeting the stated learning objectives.
Overall, train-the-trainer participants overwhelmingly agreed that the training increased their comfort in planning and delivering a dynamic and engaging training (3.88). The participants most strongly agreed that the presenter was knowledgeable about the subject (3.92), opportunities were offered during the training to effectively practice or apply the concepts/skills covered (3.88) and the training activities facilitated the sharing of ideas and work experiences among trainees (3.88). On average, participants felt the train-the-trainer increased their knowledge and understanding of adult learning & active learning concepts and application (3.85), learning styles and multi-modal instruction (3.85) and training facilitation best practices and techniques (3.81). Trainees had extremely positive comments about their train-the-trainer experience.
Skilldex Gains – Knowledge Acquisition and Confidence
Overall, the average score from the pre-training assessment to the post-training assessment was improved. According to the Skilldex® pre- and post- training assessment, participants of the train-the-trainer program made a 55% average gain in overall knowledge and skills. The average score for participants before attending the train-the-trainer was 1.81- participants knew about the responsibilities and tasks but did not feel comfortable performing them on their own. After the training, participants’ average rating increased to 3.35. That means on average, after attending the train-the-trainer program, most participants felt confident that either they could perform the task on their own or they were able to instruct others to perform the task.