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Appropriate, valid, and reliable evaluations are essential to the continued progress of simulation in health care education. The Advanced Evaluation course is designed to help educators understand the importance of robust participant evaluation strategies and identify strategies for simulation evaluation using Kirkpatrick's (1994) levels of evaluation, ranging from participants' reactions to simulation, to longer-term results that take place because of simulation. Using this structure, the Advanced Evaluation course is designed to help educators understand and apply the concepts of validity and reliability to simulation evaluation.
Describe the importance of participant evaluation in simulation.
- Identify strategies for simulation evaluation using Kirkpatrick's levels including evaluation of: a) participants' reactions to simulation, b) participants' learning from simulation, c) changes in participants' behaviors as a result of simulation activities, d) and longer-term results in practice that take place because of simulation activities.
- Apply concepts of reliability and validity to evaluation instrument selection and use.
- Critique a participant evaluation instrument from your current or future simulation practice.
About the Authors
Katie Adamson, PhD, RN
Katie Adamson, PhD, RN is an assistant professor at the University of Washington Tacoma where she teaches in the Nursing and Healthcare Leadership Programs. Dr. Adamson is also engaged in a follow-on study from her NLN funded research project, Assessing the Reliability of Simulation Evaluation Instruments. In addition, she is a co-author of the chapter on evaluation in Simulation in Nursing Education (2nd ed.). She was among the first nurses to be awarded the prestigious Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholarship and served her scholar year with Botswana-Harvard Partnership in Gaborone, Botswana, doing HIV prevention research. She continues to work internationally including developing a survey about the use of simulation in the EU with colleagues from University of Ljubljana.
Suzie Kardong-Edgren PhD, RN, ANEF
Suzan (Suzie) Kardong-Edgren PhD, RN, ANEF, CHSE is a professor and Director of the Regional Research and Innovation in Simulation Education (RISE) Center at Robert Morris University in Moon Township, PA. She is an internationally known simulation researcher, educator, and the Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Simulation in Nursing, the flagship journal for the International Nursing Association of Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL). Dr. Edgren is the Vice President for Research for the INACSL. She was awarded the Excellence in Educational Research award by the National League for Nursing (NLN) in 2012 and the prestigious Debra Spunt Endowed Lectureship in simulation by the NLN in 2010. Dr. Edgren also teaches in the MS in Medical Simulation program at the Drexel College of Medicine.