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Training Assessment Tools

Training assessment tools are used to assess learner attributes (e.g., knowledge, clinical decision-making skills, skill competence, and confidence)—acquired during training—that every skilled provider should have in order to provide high-quality health care services. These tools can be used during training to assess the learner’s progress, or after training (e.g., during a follow-up visit) to ensure the transfer of learning (i.e., to ensure that the knowledge and skills acquired during a learning intervention are applied on the job).

Training assessment tools are designed to assess the specific knowledge, attitudes, and clinical and decision-making skills needed to perform in a specific content area (e.g., antenatal care). A variety of tools are used to assess training. For example, written questionnaires may be used to assess a learner’s experience and confidence or to evaluate a learner’s knowledge. A case study (a real scenario that focuses on a specific issue, topic, or problem) may also be used as a training assessment tool. A learner may be asked to read, study, and react to a case study and then respond in writing or orally to case study questions). When questionnaires and cases studies are used as assessment tools, standardized answer keys are provided for use by the trainer/evaluator. A learner’s clinical skills or other observable behaviors may be assessed using a competency-based checklist; the learner performs specific steps while the trainer observes and assesses the learner using a standardized checklist. In some cases, successful completion of an assessment may require the learner to achieve a predetermined score (e.g., 80% of questions answered correctly, 90% of steps correctly performed).

Sources: Jhpiego. 2004. Guidelines for Assessment of Skilled Providers after Training in Maternal and Newborn Health Care. http://www.jhpiego.org/files/GdlnsSkillProvEN.pdf; Jhpiego. 2012. A Conceptual Model of the Health Impacts of Pre-Service Education: Glossary.