In this course we discuss both the theoretical and practical framework of two fundamentals of training design. 

First we examine the training needs analysis phase, where we discuss the importance of understanding the nature of the context within which the organization is operating and the issues the organization faces in achieving its objectives.  We review methods of analysis and the types of data, which can aid impactful training design.  Second we explore the evaluation phase, and how to align training interventions to organizational performance objectives.  We work through examples of return on investment calculations and review a variety of performance measures, which can be utilized.  

This course outlines the practice of training design for Return on Investment providing learning professionals with techniques that they can use in their own training design.

Course Series

This course is included in the following series:

2 CoursesTraining Design

  1. Training Design for Behavior Change
  2. Training Design for Return on Investment
Learning Objectives
  • Explore the Organization Development Cycle and recognize how it impacts Intervention Design
  • Identify Methods for Training Needs Analysis
  • Explore the Evaluation Phase and the importance of staring with the end in mind.
  • Discover how to calculate return on investment (ROI) in alignment with organization performance measures.
Last updated/reviewed: March 25, 2024

Included In Certifications

This course is included in the following Certification Programs:

11 CoursesHuman Resources Management (HRM) Certification

  1. Developing an Agile Organization
  2. Human Resources (HR) Strategy Development
  3. Using Data for Human Resources (HR) Decision Making
  4. Leading and Managing People
  5. Becoming an Employer of Choice
  6. Talent Management and Succession Planning
  7. Systems of Strategic Reward Management
  8. Training Design for Return on Investment
  9. Strategic Change Management
  10. Human Resources (HR) Influencing at the Board Level
  11. HR Strategy Development (Article)
4 Reviews (14 ratings)


Anonymous Author
This course was very enlightening for me. Math has always intimidated me, and the instructor was able to help me understand the best way to measure results without it becoming overwhelming to me. I recommend this course for anyone that is looking to grow their knowledge in measuring ROI.

Member's Profile
The course is very clear. I suggest an even greater emphasis on practical applications (ROI, ROE, measuring the impact of training) rather than theory

Anonymous Author
Understanding TNA is a core part of being able to plan training. The required framework is easily discussed.

Member's Profile
Irreverent material.Instructor is starting to drift away from HR information and beginning to preach.

Course Complexity: Intermediate

No Advanced Preparation or Prerequisites are needed for this course. 

Education Provider Information
Company: Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
Contact: For more information regarding this course, including complaint and cancellation policies, please contact our offices at (408) 400- 3993 or send an e-mail to .
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Course Syllabus
  Introduction to Training Design for Return on Investment1:43
  Key Terms and Definitions 7:48
Training Design for Return on Investment
  The Organization Development Cycle 9:14
  The Growing Importance of Strategic Planning 9:15
  Training Needs Analysis 14:35
  Data Collection Methods 9:19
  The Evaluation Phase 10:43
  Models of Evaluation 8:56
  Return on Investment 11:54
  Measuring the Impact of Training 16:23
  Course Conclusion 2:09
Continuous Play
  Training Design for Return on Investment 1:41:58
  Slides: Training Design for Return on InvestmentPDF
  Training Design for Return on Investment Glossary/IndexPDF