Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Education


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Mary Anne Bunda

Second Advisor

Dr. Eugene Thompson

Third Advisor

Dr. Alyce Dickinson


The purpose of this study was to investigate and explore how the perception and focus of human resources development (HRD) evaluation relates to different audiences and clients, and to make recommendations to individuals and organizations involved in designing, developing, and implementing HRD evaluation. The study used the CIPP (Context, Input, Process, and Product) evaluation model to operationally define the kinds of evaluation questions as dependent variables. The study independent variable was the organizational role, operationally defined as simulated HRD audiences, i.e., CEOs, managers, trainers, and trainees.

The ' human resources evaluation questionnaire (HREQ) was developed by the researcher to measure the perceived importance of evaluation questions. The questionnaire went through three stages of development resulting in a reliable and valid measure of the dependent variables. The study sample consisted of seventy-three graduate level students attending the Human Resources Development program at Western Michigan University.

The findings of the study were based on the testing of four hypotheses. The hypotheses were tested by ANOVA oneway analysis of variance. The results of the data analysis provided no evidence that the role of HRD audiences influences the perceived importance of evaluation questions. The four dependent measures were substantially correlated.

Based on the findings of the study, it was concluded that there appears to be a high relationship among the four types of categories in the CIPP evaluation model. The HRD practitioners perceived all information to be important for their evaluation. The HREQ instrument can be utilized as planning tool for HRD evaluation.

Access Setting

Dissertation-Open Access