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Over time and from many project experiences we have compiled a collection of tools that we have found particularly useful. These tools cover a range of performance and learning related activities – from assessing courses and integrating them into curricula, to sizing projects, mapping organizational and team processes, conducting gap analyses and so forth. Being firm adherents to the idea of sharing best practices, our plans call for the re-design of many of these tools to make them available to you. The tools you find here are available for your use free of any charges. Of course, if you find you need more than what is provided here, please contact us.

The Training Cost Model provides a method for evaluating the cost and potential return of any course you have recently implemented or are considering implementing. Use the information you have to set the variables to determine:

  • Cost per student
  • The number of students who need to attend the course to achieve a “break even” point for your investment
  • The program ROI (based on these four variables only!)

We would highlight the “Benefit per Student” in this model. You can preset it as part of the assessment process and then plan for the ways that the benefits will be achieved in the actual work that will be done, or you can set the other three variables and then use the sliding scale of the “Benefit” variable to determine the amount of return that must be obtained from each student to achieve your break even point. We emphasize that this is a simple analysis which will provide you with some insights. There are more to be gained through more comprehensive analysis of your business, your organization, and your people.


In any large scale initiative or change effort three factors must be assessed and addressed for the initiative to be successful:

  • Dissatisfaction with the status quo
  • Vision of the planned future state
  • Knowledge of first steps

The third factor – Knowledge of first steps – is often overlooked, leaving well-intentioned employees to try to figure out what the initiative requires and how they will (or will not) fit into it. This tool is designed to address a critical link in the planning and implementation processes for organizations. It maps typical elements of strategic business planning to the performance elements that might be required of the employees of the organization. By clicking on a strategic plan element the possible performance elements that will be required to support it will be highlighted. The results of your analysis can then be printed and used to help make this necessary connection and by doing so, help you develop clearly defined first steps toward the realization of your plans.

We’re always updating and improving our tools based on feedback from our web visitors and our customers. If you have a suggestion or idea for how to enhance them further, please let us know.




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