This research, financed and promoted by the Servicios de Formación Local (Local Training Services) of the Diputación de Barcelona (Provincial Council), seeks to provide a response to the need to know about and analyse the real impact of the training offered via the Plan Agrupado (Grouped Plan) for councils in the province. Impact is understood to mean the effects that the training has on the different jobs and on the organization as a whole.
This study, which has been conducted annually and in uninterrupted fashion since 2001, has had and followed a series of objectives and a similar methodology, which have enabled diachronic and longitudinal studies to be conducted (see file corresponding to the 2006 – 2007 period). Normally, it is conducted on a sample of 18/20 councils and of 15/17 different training activities.
The objectives of the different annual evaluations have been specified as follows:
1- Identification of the personal characteristics of the participants that have accessed the training.
2- Establishment of the circumstances of the people that have been able to participate in the training plans.
3- Identification of some of the opinions about the planning and development of the training.
4- Delimitation of the applicability of the training received.
5- Determination of the effects of this training on the organizations
6- Detection of the transfer of the training received to the participants’ usual jobs.
This annual study employs a multiple method focus, which combines data of both a quantitative and qualitative nature, on the basis of a model for evaluation and comparison that is able to produce reliable information despite the complexity and amplitude of the reality being analysed. It should be noted that the informants participating in this study are the same employees that received the training, normally around 250, their hierarchical superiors, the people responsible for imparting the training and trade union representatives. The techniques used for the development of the study are questionnaires, interviews and observation in the workplace.
Joaquín Gairín (UAB, Coord.), Carme Armengol (UAB), Aleix Barrera-Corominas (UAB, 2007-2009), Esther Belvis (UAB, 2004-2007), Paulino Carnicero (UB, 2001-2008), Maria del Mar Duran (UAB, 2002-2009), Anna Garzon (UAB, 2008), Cristina Guillamón (UAB, 2001-2004), Mercè Jariot (UAB), José Luís Muñoz (UAB, 2008-2009)