TDRp Excellence Award

TDRp Excellence Awards
The Talent Development Reporting principles Award program is focused on the forward-thinking, transformation work learning and development teams are doing to show impact and value through measurement, evaluation and management for learning and showing outcomes for talent development.

Recognizing Excellence

This award program recognizes excellence in five critical areas:

  • Relationship with Business Units
  • Business Planning & Goal Setting
  • L&D Governance
  • L&D Measurement
  • Reporting Methodology

Apply to Multiple Award Categories

You may apply to one or multiple award categories. For each award category to which you apply, please provide the requested information and answer all supporting questions. You do not need to provide information for all categories to be considered for a specific award. Full details are below.

Award Categories, Questions and Criteria

Relationship with the Organization or Business Units

Relationship With the Organization or Business Units

The Relationship With the Organization or Business Units award category recognizes excellence in relationship management between the learning and development organization and the supported business units.

EXCELLENCE

  • L&D has broad and deep relationships with business stakeholders.
  • L&D leaders and practitioners collaborate with their business counterparts to identify performance requirements and solutions to address current and future needs.
  • Because of the strong relationships, the business views L&D as a critical success factor to meet business objectives and commitments.
  • L&D and the business agree on the appropriate investment level in learning solutions based on their expected impact.

APPLICATION QUESTIONS

  • Provide evidence that shows a specific organizational goal or initiative the L&D programs designed to address those goals, the planned L&D impact, and proof for senior level sponsorship and agreement of the L&D program or initiatives in force prior to November 1, 2017 (provide supporting documentation)
  • Is the attached supporting evidence used, as presented, to document the relationship between the L&D organization and the business unit?
  • Scored Questions:
    • Percent of L&D initiatives covered by this type of documented relationship between L&D and the business unit
    • Percent of learning solution investments based on expected impact of the initiative.
  • Please provide a statement from a line of business stakeholder briefly describing the benefit to your enterprise of their relationship with the L&D organization (up to 200 words. Include name, title, and contact information for verification).
  • If you worked with third-party consultants, service providers or technology vendors who were instrumental in advancing your capability in this area, please indicate their names.

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Business Planning & Goal Setting

Business Planning & Goal Setting


The
Business Planning & Goal Setting award category recognizes excellence in documenting the relationship between L&D and the supported business unit.

EXCELLENCE

  • L&D has a structured business planning process that engages senior L&D stakeholders and business partners across the enterprise.
  • The process is informed by strategic business goals and L&D insights about emerging trends in workforce development preferences and needs.
  • The business planning process results in agreement on key measures of success along with quantifiable goals for efficiency and effectiveness measures as well as L&D's impact on specific business outcomes.

APPLICATION QUESTIONS

  • Provide evidence that shows a specific agreement or contract between L&D and the owner of a specific goal or initiative supported by L&D in force prior to November 1, 2017 (supporting document is required)
    • The agreement should include agreed upon deliverables, L&D owned actions and accountability, business owned actions and accountability and joint ownership and accountability.
  • Is the supporting evidence used as presented to document the relationship between the L&D organization and the business unit?
  • What percentages of strategic L&D initiatives include agreement and identification of measures for goals and outcomes?
  • Provide a statement from a line of business stakeholder briefly describing the benefit to your enterprise of including the L&D organization in business planning (up to 200 words and include name, title and contact information for verification).
  • If you worked with third-party consultants, service providers or technology vendors who were instrumental in advancing your capability in this area, please indicate their names here.

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L&D Governance

L&D Governance

The L&D Governance award category recognizes excellence in L&D governance.

EXCELLENCE

  • L&D has defined a robust process to prioritize initiatives and allocate resources.
  • L&D has a governing body consisting of representatives from HR and the business that collaborates with L&D leaders and provides regular input to the prioritization process.
  • The governance process drives agreements on success measures including efficiency and effectiveness of L&D operations as well as business outcomes L&D will directly impact.
  • The governance process ensures consistent methods for establishing business contracts and reporting progress and results.

APPLICATION QUESTIONS

  • Provide evidence for L&D's standardized procedures for engagement with the business, operations and program delivery or governance process in force prior to November 1, 2017 (provide supporting documentation).
  • Is the evidence used as presented to document the relationship between the L&D organization and the business unit?
  • Provide evidence for standing members of the L&D governance team (provide supporting evidence).
  • Is the supporting evidence used as presented to document the standing members of the L&D governance team?
  • What percentage of L&D initiatives include input and representation from key stakeholders across the organization?
  • Provide a statement from a line of business stakeholder briefly describing the benefit to your enterprise of the L&D governance to the impact of L&D (up to 200 words. Include name, title and contact information for verification).
  • If you worked with third-party consultants, service providers or technology vendors who were instrumental in advancing your capability in this area, please indicate their names here.

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L&D Measurement

L&D Measurement

The L&D Measurement award category recognizes excellence in L&D measurement.

EXCELLENCE

  • L&D uses data and accepted methodologies to inform functional priorities and investment decisions.
  • L&D uses data to manage programs and identify continuous improvement opportunities.
  • Leaders use data to provide insights of past and current performance as well as insights into emerging trends and future outcomes.
  • L&D has dedicated resources to ensure scalable, repeatable and accurate reporting processes.

APPLICATION QUESTIONS

  • Provide evidence for L&D's measurement activities in use prior to November 1, 2017 that shows efficiency, effectiveness and outcome measures and reports for a single, specific learning initiative (provide supporting documentation).
  • Is the evidence used as presented to document measures and performance indicators within L&D?
  • Provide evidence of L&D measurement activities in use prior to November 1, 2017 that describes the specific measurement plan/agreement for a single specific learning initiative. (provide supporting evidence).
  • Is the supporting evidence used as presented to document measurement plans for a single, specific learning initiative?
  • Provide evidence of L&D measurement activities in use prior to November 1, 2017 that identifies each technology or tool that captures, holds or stores measurement data for a single specific learning initiative (provide supporting documentation).
  • Does supporting evidence capture or store data for a single, specific, learning initiative?
  • Provide a description of the specific roles and responsibilities of any staff dedicated to measuring the effectiveness of L&D activities (provide supporting documentation).
  • Is the supporting evidence used, as presented, to document roles and responsibilities of the measurement staff?
  • What percentage of L&D initiatives use a standardized, repeatable methodology, language and format for reporting efficiency, effectiveness and outcomes?
  • Provide a statement from a L&D leader briefly describing the benefit to your enterprise of effective measurement to inform L&D investment decisions (up to 200 words. Include name, title and contact information for verification).
  • If you worked with third-party consultants, service providers or technology vendors who were instrumental in advancing your capability in this area, please indicate their names here.

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Reporting Methodology

Reporting Methodology

The Reporting Methodology category recognizes excellence in L&D measurement.

EXCELLENCE

  • L&D regularly and consistently generates standard reports on functional operational performance and strategic program performance.
  • L&D provides business executives with reports demonstrating L&D's performance and overall impact on the business and specific business goals.
  • L&D leaders conduct dedicated meetings to discuss operational results with the L&D team as well as discussion on program and strategic impact with business leaders.

APPLICATION QUESTIONS

  • Provide an example of a L&D Summary Report delivered to stakeholders prior to November 1, 2017. The Summary Report is a high-level report suitable for CEOs, CFOs and governing boards showing alignment to organizational goals and aggregate data for outcome, effectiveness and efficiency measures (provide supporting documentation).
    • Excellence: A mature summary report includes columns for plan, year-to-date results and perhaps a forecast for year end. A simple report might include only year-to-date results.
  • Is the supporting evidence used, as presented, to document the progress/performance of learning initiatives?
  • Provide examples a L&D Program Report as delivered to stakeholders prior to November 1, 2017. A Program Report is used by the program manager and goal owner focused on programs or initiatives in support of a single goal or need including the goal to be supported, goal owner's name, the planned impact of the learning on the goal or some other outcome measure and the relevant effectiveness and efficiency measures to be managed to achieve the planned impact (provide supporting documentation).
    • Excellence: A mature program report includes data for plan, year-to-date results and a forecast for year end. A simple report might show only year-to-date results.
  • Is the supporting evidence used, as presented, to document the progress/performance of learning initiatives?
  • Provide examples for the following L&D Operations Report as delivered to stakeholders prior to November 1, 2017. An Operations Report is used by the CLO containing aggregate data across all programs for effectiveness and efficiency measures (provide supporting documentation).
    • Excellence: A mature Operations Report includes columns for plan, year-to-date results and perhaps a forecast for year end. A simple report might show only year-to-date results.
  • Is the supporting evidence used, as presented, to document the progress/performance of learning initiatives?
  • Provide examples for following L&D visualizations of progress as delivered to stokeholds prior to November 1, 2017. These visualizations would pertain to a specific L&D initiative or contribution of L&D to achievement of the business objective (provide supporting documentation).
    • Excellence: Effective data visualization clearly displays data in relationship to itself or other data/dimensions to effectively surface new insights.
  • Is the supporting evidence used, as presented, to document the progress/performance of learning initiatives?
  • Indicate the percentage that most reflects your current practices:
    • % of L&D initiatives included in monthly reports to business leaders
    • % of L&D initiatives included in bi-monthly or quarterly reports to business leaders.
    • % of L&D initiatives included in semi-annual or annual reports to business leaders.
    • % of L&D initiatives are included in any progress reports to business leaders.
    • % of L&D progress reports tailored for the explicit needs and responsibilities of the reviewer.
  • Provide a statement from a line of business leader describing the benefit to your enterprise of consistent and effective reporting to demonstrate the impact of L&D on business objectives (up to 200 words. Include name, title and contact information for verification).
  • If you worked with third-party consultants, service providers or technology vendors who were instrumental in advancing your capability in this area, please indicate their names here.

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Important Deadlines

All awards are judged on performance as of or before November 1, 2017. All responses and supporting material should refer to existing practices, reports or materials used, delivered or in place on or before that date.

Applications are due by midnight eastern time on Monday, January 15, 2018. The Center for Talent Reporting will recognize finalists in each of the five categories and in overall excellence. Finalists will be notified of their selection Wednesday, January 31, 2018 and the winners will be announced at the CTR Conference on Wednesday, February 21, 2018.

For more information about the conference and agenda, please visit our event site.

Award Criteria and Special Notes

  • The awards intend to recognize the practice of effective learning and development reporting. Where applicable and appropriate, evidence will be given more weight if it is the actual report, document, process in place, as opposed to a presentation or document describing the report.
  • If a piece of evidence supports multiple categories, please submit the evidence in each category it applies.
  • when applying in multiple categories, additional points will be awarded when reviewers can easily identify that the supporting evidence relates to the same learning and development initiative referenced in other award categories.
  • We request supporting statements from L&D or line of business leaders describing the benefit of excellence to your enterprise in each area. Those statements will not be used publicly unless the statement is verified with the leader, and explicit permission is granted for use by the leader.
  • When uploading evidence, the Acceptable file types include: .doc, .docx or .pdf files.
  • If you cannot complete the application in one session, you will be able to click on the same link and resume where you left off. If you want to change any aspect of your submission before the deadline, you will be able to do so.

About You Section

This section asks you to provide information about the submitter and the sponsor of the application for the TDRp Excellence in Measurement Award. Please note that you must answer every question in this section in order to move the body of the application. You will be prompted for an answer if you don't respond to every question on this page.

  • Submitter's Name
  • Submitter's Title
  • Company Name
  • Submitter's Department
  • Submitter's Email Address
  • Submitter's Phone Number (if outside of the U.S., please provide your country code)
  • Sponsor Name: This is the name of the Senior L&D Executive who is sponsoring this award application
  • Sponsor's Title