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 end of 2013 finished on a very high note for the LXCI, with a record high score of 69.9, a two percentage point increase from Q3 2013
(from 67.9). With most years, learning executives express high confidence at the start of the year, which usually waxes and wanes throughout the year, and end the year with decreased confidence. This year demonstrated a new pattern; the year started off with the highest confidence evidenced since 2009, decreased in Q2 2013
, and has been climbing ever since.