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Evidence Matters

Newsletter - October 2015

Dear <<First name>>,

In this edition of Evidence Matters, we’re focusing on evaluating the impact and return from training and development activities.

Every year, employers in the UK spend around £43bn on training and development1. However, according to the CIPD Learning & Development Report for 2015, one in seven organisations don't evaluate their training and development at all. And of the ones that do, more than a third limit their evaluation to measuring the satisfaction of employees taking part in the activity – what’s often referred to as the ‘happy sheet’2.

At the Future Work Centre, we believe in using an evidence-based approach to training and development evaluation so that you have an accurate picture of what’s working, in what way and for whom. So, we’ve developed a set of resources and events to help you improve the evaluation of your training and development, and take the next step on your journey as an evidence-based practitioner:
  • White paper: Beyond the happy sheet – introducing our model of evidence-based practice and how it can be applied to the evaluation of training and development.
  • Workshop: Insight into Action – this complimentary one-day workshop starts you on your journey as an evidence-based practitioner, with particular focus on the evaluation of training and development.
  • Webinar: Beyond the happy sheet– an introductory session, which explores how our evaluation framework can help you measure the true impact of your training and development activities.
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White paper: Beyond the happy sheet

In this paper, we discuss why training and development evaluation is important, and highlight the limitations of the ‘happy sheet’ approach. We then introduce the need for taking an evidence-based approach, and present our own model of evidence-based practice, which you may find useful when carrying out your own evaluation.

Download the ‘Beyond the happy sheet’ white paper

Workshop: Insight into Action

Do you want to learn more about implementing an evidence-based approach to evaluating training and development in your organisation? Would you like to know if training, development programmes and coaching are having any impact?

This complimentary Insight into Action workshop will give you the ideas and tools you need to begin effective evidence-based evaluations.

Date: 19 November 2015
Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm
Venue: One Alfred Place, London, WC1E 7EB
Cost: Free

Book your place on the workshop

Webinar: Beyond the happy sheet

If you can’t attend the Insight into Action workshop, join us instead for a webinar on how to apply evidence-based practice to the evaluation of training and development.

We’ll discuss the practical steps you can take to gain a better understanding of the impact training and development is having in your organisation. You’ll also receive a step-by-step practitioner guide.

Date: 24 November 2015
Time: 2.00pm – 3.30pm
Venue: Online
Cost: Free

Register to join the webinar

Raising the bar of occupational psychology

Last week, as part of our mission to raise the bar of occupational psychology, we welcomed six early career psychologists to our team. Over the next three years, they will be embarking on a structured development programme and working towards achieving Chartered Psychologist status with the British Psychological Society. They will also be involved in our research agenda, identifying and evaluating the evidence-base for whole range of HR activities – and we look forward to sharing these insights with you in due course.

If you’ve got any questions about what you’ve read in this edition, or you simply want to find out more about what we do at the Future Work Centre, please get in touch with us at info@futureworkcentre.com or visit our website at www.futureworkcentre.com

 


UK Commission’s Employer Skills Survey 2013: UK results
Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development Annual Survey Report: Learning and Development 2015
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