Getting returns on your investment in training critical thinking?

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Measuring Changes and Improvement in Thinking Skills

Thinking skill matters; it is the springboard for problem-solving, decision-making and innovation. Building strong employee critical thinking skills is an important investment in the workforce of the future.  Employees who think well are more productive, dependable and creative.

Performance-based funding, however, is a fact of life for HR managers and training specialists. You must constantly prove that your training and development methods, curriculum or instruction are working.

To prove the value of your initiatives, objective, validated criterion-based evidence will be required to demonstrate success.

The best way is to provide evidence of changes in your targeted individual and/or group thinking skills.

Effective training should result in measurable improvements. Thinking should be assessed before the training starts and again after the training is completed. It’s important to document the participants’ baseline as early as possible in the project.  Pre-training assessment is best. This will help faculty and trainers to learn about strengths as well as areas for improvement.  Then critical thinking skills should be assessed again, post-training, to measure the changes in thinking skills resulting from the training program.

Use pre and post testing to tell if training is working

Pre and post testing is an assessment model designed to examine the change in overall critical thinking skills or mindset attributes in a group of test-takers.  Comparison of individual or group results will highlight areas of improvement. Identification of areas that still need improvement can be targeted in subsequent training or mentoring.

For business, the pretest might be done before an employee training program is begun. The post-test could be set for weeks or months after the program has been completed. It’s reasonable to post-test as soon as a few weeks after a focused training program in critical thinking, but most often a post-test is gathered months, or even years, after the pretest to measure program improvement.  More about pre and post testing


Report graphic showing pre and post test results for INSIGHT Business Professional

Data to assess impact of employee development program 

Only the highest quality assessment tools can deliver statistical evidence of value added to groups and individuals.

INSIGHT validated business test instruments deliver quantifiable metrics for the essential skills of critical thinking and quantitative reasoning. INSIGHT assessment tools are based on more than 30 years of experience in measuring thinking and reasoning skills.  These tools were specifically designed to provide businesses with the metrics they need to create teams of people able to learn their jobs quickly and to perform successfully in situations requiring problem-solving.

INSIGHT assessments meet the highest standards of validity and reliability.

INSIGHT measures and reports on core business skills (such as analyzing problems; evaluating options; managing consequences; managing uncertainty; managing numbers) plus associated essential business thinking mindsets (such as job commitment; work ethic; honesty and focus).

INSIGHT Development Program is designed to help employers build critical thinking in teams as well as in individuals.  The program includes assessment and critical thinking training modules that can be integrated into your training programs or can be implemented as a new initiative. This proven solution will address your talent enrichment challenges.

Contact us to make sure you can document individual and/or group progress in attaining your learning goals.

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