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AFTER-ACTION REVIEW : Proficience Group

Tuesday, October 23, 2018


February 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Industry News

What is an After-action Review (AAR)?

An AAR is a post-event ‘candid’ professional discussion among team members and colleagues accountable for putting on the event. The purpose of an AAR is to give the event team, those closest to it, the opportunity to formally discuss performance standards (specific strengths and weaknesses), to assess all aspects of the event and actively discover what happened and why.

Why conduct an AAR for a training initiative? If conducted properly, an AAR provides training professionals and decision makers with helpful answers to the following questions regarding the training initiative:

  • What was the desired outcome? (What did we intend to do?)
  • What actually happened? (What were the expected results vs. unexpected results?)
  • What went well, and why? (Focus on expected results and identify how to sustain what was done well.)
  • What can be improved, and how? (Identify the issues/deficiencies that need to be corrected and the recommendations required for achieving desired outcome.)

By focusing on the comparison of desired outcome vs. actual outcome and by re-counting specific observations, training professionals can identify the strengths and weaknesses of the training initiative and work together on solutions to improve performance where needed. This feedback and knowledge-sharing improves team proficiency, promoting group cohesion and provides a starting point for addressing deficiencies to make improvements for future initiatives.

The AAR is the keystone of the performance improvement process of learning from successes and failures.

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