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).
In spite of this lower score in Q2, 2012, sentiments throughout 2011 and 2012 are higher than those seen in 2009 and 2010. Generally LXCI scores for the past year have been stable, only deviating by about one point overall throughout the year. The LXCI Q2 score decreased by 1.7 points to 65.6, from last quarter’s score of 67.3. The similarity in the scores throughout 2011 and the first two quarters of 2012 suggests that learning executives remain cautiously optimistic due to the recovering economy and job market. While this quarter shows a decrease in respondents who predict that the learning function will have a better impact on corporate performance in the next six months, overall positivity continues to be a trend.