Evaluation of Training Programmes

A Review of Selected Models and Approaches


  • Ezekiel M. Kitivo The Catholic University of Eastern Africa
  • Anne Kanga The Catholic University of Eastern Africa
  • Justus Mbae The Catholic University of Eastern Africa


training programmes


Evaluation is a critical requirement of any programme implementation process. It is estimated that over the last fifty years, over sixty models or approaches of evaluation have been developed. The main objective of this paper is to review selected evaluation models with the view to distinguish their underlying assumptions and processes and assess their strengths and weaknesses and implications for application. Specifically, the paper examines first, the various definitions of educational evaluation to clarify understanding of the concept and secondly, it explores the role and benefits of evaluation in the successful implementation of educational programmes. Thirdly it reviews three commonly used approaches to educational evaluation namely: - Context, Input, Process and Product (CIPP) Evaluation Model; The ConsumerOriented Model, and the Utilization-Focused Evaluation Model. The paper argues that models of evaluation are critical in programme implementation. It concludes that educators need be versatile with various approaches to evaluation and apply them with due consideration to the given circumstances. It recommends the need to carefully select an evaluation model that fits a given situation in programme implementation.


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How to Cite

Kitivo, E.M. et al. 2021. Evaluation of Training Programmes: A Review of Selected Models and Approaches. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL THEORY AND PRACTICE. 4, 1-4 (Sep. 2021), 1–16.