ASTD’s quarterly Learning Executive Confidence Index (LXCI)
assesses the outlooks and expectations of learning executives for the next six months on a 100-point scale, modeled after the CEO Confidence Indices reported by Chief Executive Magazine
and The Conference Board
. The LXCI
provides a snapshot of learning executive confidence in the future and factors in expectations of their learning functions' abilities to meet learning needs and to show impact in key areas including corporate productivity, the status of learning as a key strategic component within the organization, and the availability of resources for learning. The report is published quarterly in January, April, July, and October each year.
The third quarter in 2013 saw a surprising rise in confidence, with a 2.6 percent increase from 65.3 to 67.9, demonstrating confidence levels close to how the year started. Per yearly trends, confidence waxes and wanes throughout the year, and usually ends a bit weaker than it commences. By the third quarter of the year, organizations are starting to budget for the following year and a clear picture of the current year’s spending is becoming final. However, this quarter broke away from the standard; all LXCI indices saw increased scores or remained stable as confidence remains strong as we approach Q4 2013.