ASTD’s Learning Executive Confidence Index (LXCI) provides a snapshot of learning executives’ confidence and expectations for the next six months in key learning and development indices including the ability to meet learning needs and to impact corporate productivity, status of learning as a key strategic component, and availability of resources for learning. The LXCI assesses the expectations and forecasts of learning executives for the next six months on a 100-point scale. Higher indices (above 50) reflect a more positive outlook for the learning function while lower indices are more negative. Learning executives reporting scores of 51 to 100 on the scale expect aspects of their learning function to be moderately or substantially better in the next six months. Those with scores of 0 to 49 on the scale anticipate that aspects of their learning function will be moderately or substantially worse in the coming six months than they are today. ASTD’s LXCI is published quarterly each year (January, April, July, and October).
Positive expectations continue into 2012 as the Q1 score was slightly more optimistic than the last three quarters of 2011. Positivity prevailed as the LXCI scores reported by respondents were stable throughout 2011, only deviating by 1.4 points overall throughout the year. The overall LXCI Q1 score rose less than a point to 67.3, from last quarter’s score of 66.6. The similarity in the scores throughout 2011 and the first quarter of 2012 suggests that learning executives remain cautiously optimistic due to the recovering economy and job market. This quarter shows an increase in respondents who predict that the learning function will have a better impact on corporate performance in the next six months.