605 Correlation Is Not Proof: Gaining Legitimate Insight from Learning Data
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Wednesday, March 27
Data and Measurement
L&D has wrestled with the idea of measuring impact for decades. Unfortunately, most of the methods used as “proof” of impact are simple correlations. And most people know the adage “correlation does not equal causation.” This session will help participants understand different, more practical types of analytics, and how they can provide much more impactful insights than simple correlations.
This session will examine practical examples of data sets, and how insights can differ greatly based on the analysis chosen. Using the same data sets for different analyses, you will learn how simple analyses lead to broad—and often dangerously inaccurate—insights. By learning how to best structure data for analytics—using simple, everyday tools—you will see the benefits of proper analysis and the dangers of a simplistic analysis of the same data. Most importantly, you will then see how logically a strategy for performance improvement flows from proper analysis—and how easy it is to continue improving your organization.
In this session, you will learn:
- About the risks of using correlation to “prove” impact—and how common that is
- The difference between relative, comparative, and distributive analytics (in plain English)
- How to identify statistically significant differences
- The difference between a statistically significant event and a fluke
- Practical steps to identify L&D overachievers and underachievers
- How to easily craft a prescriptive strategy from those findings
Managers and senior leaders (directors, VP, CLO, executive, etc.)
Technology discussed in this session:
Microsoft PowerPoint and Excel
A.D. Detrick is the president and founder of MetriVerse Analytics, a leading provider of L&D/HR measurement and analytics consulting. He is a recognized expert in the areas of learning measurement, assessment, evaluation, and human capital analytics. In his role, he oversees the design and implementation of measurement and analytics strategies for many of America’s largest and most technically innovative companies. He is a regular speaker at industry events and has contributed to numerous books on learning and analytics. Before founding MetriVerse, A.D. helped design measurement strategies as a consultant for Xerox Global Learning Services, Intrepid Learning, and JPMorgan Chase.