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Training Effectiveness: What’s Your Design Strategy?

Dec 10, 2020
Bethesda, MD

  • Education
  • The Americas


How hard can it be to write a 10-question paper and pencil test and call it a knowledge check? Not very. Knowledge assessments continue to be the most commonly used assessment tool, yet they’ve become overly used, misused and, as a result, have become ineffective for measuring true knowledge comprehension. Why? Due to its relative ease of use, it’s convenient to skip the fundamentals of training evaluation design.

Short of taking a semester long course on testing and evaluation, this one-day training course condenses evaluation strategies and techniques into an abbreviated focus and attention around two key design concepts: validity and reliability. Attendees will leave this training course with tools to:

  • Create a design plan for identifying where assessments are needed and type of assessment to use
  • Construct “test blue prints” to ensure content validity
  • Conduct item analyses to provide test reliability
  • Develop valid test questions following basic principles of good test construction

After training course registration, participants will be asked to complete a short needs assessment survey. The in-advance information will be used to prioritize content and focus classroom time appropriately.

Please note: Assessment for performance demonstrations is not included. This is not a Train-the-Trainer course for writing only knowledge checks; however, the industry use of knowledge checks will be discussed.

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  • An agenda will be available soon. Training courses generally run from 8:30 to 16:00 each day. Breakfast will not be provided, but lunch will be provided.


Vivian Bringslimark
Vivian Bringslimark
HPIS Consulting, Inc.

Additional Information

  • Learning Objectives

    Learning Objectives

    1. Explain why tests are commonly used as the preferred assessment instrument
    2. Describe the difference between measuring training and evaluating effectiveness
    3. Determine test validity, reliability and accuracy given the types of tests selected for your organization
    4. State basic principles of good test construction for multiple choice, True/False, and short-answer type tests
    5. Develop test questions using a test blue print and basic principles of good test constructions for three most popular test types
  • Who Should Attend

    Who Should Attend

    This training course is intended for professionals who are involved in design, development and delivery of training for pharmaceutical manufacturing.

    Quality Assurance, Training, Manufacturing, Quality Control

    Specialist, Supervisor, Manager

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PDA Training and Research Institute

4350 East West Highway, Suite 110
Bethesda, MD

How to Get Here

By Air

The Washington/Bethesda area is serviced by the following airports: Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA), Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), and Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI).

By Car

There is a parking garage located at the training course location. The fee is $12/day. Please do not leave your car in the parking garage past 6:00 p.m. as both the building and parking garage access doors are locked.

Other Options

Metro – Ride the Red Line of the Metro and depart at Bethesda station. It is a 5-minute walk from Bethesda station to the training course location.

Amtrak – Ride Amtrak and depart at Union Station. From Union Station, ride the Red Line of the Metro and depart at Bethesda station. It is a 5-minute walk from Bethesda station to the training course location.


Registration Fees

Early Registration
Registration Type Price By October 23, 2020
Member $1,259
Non-member $1,511
Gov't/Health Auth./Academic* $979

Regular Registration
Registration Type Price After October 23, 2020
Member $1,399
Non-member $1,679
Gov't/Health Auth./Academic* $979

* For this member type or discount, online registration is not available, please contact [email protected].

Group Registration Discount: Register 3 people from the same organization as a group (at the same time) for the event and receive the 4th registration free. Other discounts cannot be applied.

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