How do I measure my team’s learning and development success?

You’ve got your team signed up to a cyber security training platform like SafeStack. Awesome! You’ve run your employees through the requirements and let them start their learning journey at their own pace. Now, the board is asking how effective the rollout was, and you’re wondering how to measure its success and report back. 

You’ve come to the right place. In this blog post, we’ll run you through why measuring learning success is important, especially in secure software development training, and we’ll dive into five ways to measure training effectiveness. Let’s get into it. 

Why is measuring learning success important?

When you’re running your business, you’ll likely measure the success of projects, tools, and roles, right? You do this to measure the return on investment of time, money, and resources versus the business objectives you’ve set. Tracking learner success is no different. You’ve got your team onto a learning platform for a reason. Perhaps it’s to increase their awareness about a topic, to become compliant, or to offer additional learning to those who want it. 

It’s important to track whether the training you’ve chosen is meeting those objectives. If you have that data, it’ll be easier to make changes where needed, report back on progress, and it’ll help you figure out what’s next for your team.

Five ways to measure training effectiveness

  • Talk to your learners in 1:1 discussions

One of the best ways to figure out where your learners are at with their training is to talk to them, either in person or remotely via video calls. Set up a discussion session in which everyone can share their progress, wins, setbacks, and any blockages. Take some time prior to the discussions to figure out what questions you’d like to have answered and how they relate to your company’s learning objectives and goals.

  • Track usage and sessions
The data on your learners’ usage and sessions is one of the easiest to track for ROI, if the training platform you’re using has good reporting capabilities. You can keep an eye on the number of sessions, duration, and overall usage of your learning platform and compare it to the resources and time you have made available and your planned learning goals and objectives. 
  • Ask for feedback through surveys and questionnaires
Aside from tracking data, it’s also super valuable to gather your learners’ insights while they navigate a learning pathway. Ask for feedback while the learning is still fresh in your employees’ minds through surveys and/or questionnaires with specific pre-determined questions that are aligned with the information you’d like to gather for reporting purposes. It’s also a good idea to ask whether your employees find the learning platform and the course content easy to navigate, engaging, helpful, and valuable. 
  • Pre and post-training quizzes
Conducting pre and post-training quizzes is a great way to measure the learning success of your employees and the effectiveness of the learning platform and the course content. By measuring how much your learners know prior to starting a course versus after they’ve finished a course, you can see where there may still be gaps in learning and where you’d need to focus on next.
  • Assessments and exams 
When you think of measuring learners’ success, assessments and exams likely come to mind first. They’re the most stock-standard and traditional ways of measuring whether the learning you’ve provided for your employees has landed. But they don’t have to be boring! Making assessments and exams during or at the end of a course fun and engaging is a great way to cement the information you’ve provided into your learners’ minds. You could use gamification or interactive elements to make the assessments and exams more engaging.
 
Overall, it’ll be easier to figure out your organization’s ROI (return on investment) on training if you’ve collected a lot of data on measurable outcomes.

How SafeStack can help measure your learner’s success

Whatever your goals are with SafeStack, high-quality metrics and reporting are essential. We make it easy to track your team’s progress, measure your application security ROI, and push toward your goals.

Measure your maturity

SafeStack provides comprehensive reporting, allowing you to monitor how well your team is doing, where they excel, and where they might need some extra help. With reporting and metrics, you’ll be able to fine-tune your training efforts and ensure your team is on its way to becoming security champions and you are in control of your application security ROI.

Monitor your team’s progress against your goals

Quickly identify your most engaged learners and who might need a boost so you can celebrate successes and give extra support where it’s needed.

Adapt your training program as you go

By keeping an eye on the numbers, you can adjust your learning pathways as you go, making sure you’re always on the right path to success.

Move from awareness to advocacy

Embracing secure development is as much about changing your culture as it is about technical skills. SafeStack makes it easy to upskill and apply your learning daily, moving your team from basic cyber security understanding to embracing software security by design.

Full range of reports to suit any requirement

Track your progress on a per-learner, per-course, or per-learning pathway basis with our simple reporting tool.

Easy data sharing and evidence gathering

SafeStack makes it easy to share your reports with auditors, executives, or other stakeholders. Simply download as CSV or use one of our direct integrations to automatically export your results.

Making secure development & compliance easy

While compliance isn’t why we build software, getting it sorted can make things much easier. SafeStack helps organizations big and small meet their secure development compliance requirements with ease.

Integrates with major compliance platforms

Take the stress out of compliance with easy-to-use integrations and automatic data syncing to major compliance platforms such as Vanta. The SafeStack platform also meets requirements of major compliance schemes, including ISO 27001, PCI DSS 6.5, SOC2, NIST 800-53 and more.

Wrapping it up

Measuring learner success is crucial to a successful learning and development program. Through 1:1 discussions with your learners, tracking usage and sessions on the training platform, asking for feedback through surveys and questionnaires, as well as quizzes, assessments and exams, you can make sure you’re getting the right return on your learning investment.

Sign up to get started with SafeStack for free with full course content for 7 days, then choose a plan that suits — whether that’s the Pro Plan for full access, or our Free Plan.

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