most common reasons that employers use tools to measure skills
needs, gains and outcomes, benefits, and costs are:
information to make business decisions about the need for
initial and continuing investment in basic skills
the effectiveness of the training in improving skills and
closing skills gaps and identify areas for improvement
the full range of direct and indirect financial and other
benefits due to WEPs
the full range of costs associated with WEPs
the net benefit through cost-benefit analysis
the return on investment (ROI)
tools are available to assist employers, and their partners in
measuring, assessing and evaluating employees' basic skills
needs in the workplace (including literacy skills). They
range from simple self-assessment diagnostics to elaborate
company-wide 360 degree assessments with associated skills
Gains and Outcomes
tools can help employers measure, assess and evaluate skills
gains that come from employee participation in workplace
education programs. They come in a comparable range of
complexity to the skills needs assessment tools.
Benefits and Impacts
are available to measure, assess and evaluate direct and
indirect economic benefits and impacts of skills
development. They range considerably in sophistication and
resources required to use them.
can also be used to measure the investment of time, money,
technology and other resources that may be involved in
delivering WEPs. Costs are best considered in relation to
the measured benefits and impacts.
tools linked to the sub-pages, Skills
and Outcomes, Benefits
and Impacts and Costs,
are downloadable for free at the websites listed.
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Last updated: March 16, 2001 .