ICF International's Ethan S. Sanders co-authored this chapter of the Handbook for Workplace Learning Professionals. Mr. Sanders addresses learning the fundamental rules of data collection and understanding the who's, what's, and how's of measurement. The end result should be that collecting and presenting data should combine solid reasoning, comprehensive research, and thoughtful conclusions.
ICF was somewhat skeptical when it began its research for the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) study, “The Impact of Leadership Development Programs.” It is very common to encounter skeptical attitudes toward the measurement of leadership development programs, and ICF's initial foray into the literature only reinforced this skepticism. Searching the literature databases, thousands of hits were found on leadership development programs (LDP) and thousands more on training evaluation programs. However, when the two terms were put together in a search, very little appeared.
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Ethan Sanders provides human performance consulting services to clients in the public, nonprofit, military, and private sectors. With nearly 20 years of experience, he has held positions as Director of Organizational Development for the U.S. Navy Human Performance Center and Manager of Instructional Design for the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD).
He is the coauthor of Models for Workplace Learning and Performance, Performance Intervention Maps: 36 Strategies for Solving Your Organization's Problems, HPI Essential, and ASTD Distance Learning Yearbook. He teaches several ASTD courses offered through public and corporate seminars. He holds a master's in Applied Behavior Science from Johns Hopkins University.