The Learning Executive Confidence Index (LXCI) assesses the expectations of learning executives for the learning function in organizations for the next six months. ATD publishes the LXCI each year in January (for Q4 of the previous year), April (Q1 of the current year), July (Q2 of the current year), and October (Q3 of the current year).The LXCI is measured on a 100-point scale; a higher index score reflects a more optimistic outlook for the learning function in organizations and a lower index score reflects greater negativity. An index score of more than 50 indicates more positive than negative responses.
The LXCI score is based on learning executives' six-month forecasts for four key indicators:
- the ability of learning executives to meet organizations’ learning needs
- the impact of learning on corporate performance
- the perception of the value of learning within organizations
- the availability of resources needed to meet learning needs.
The LXCI is modeled after the Conference Board Measure of CEO Confidence, which rates CEOs’ expectations for the economy on a quarterly basis.
Learning executives continue to have a positive outlook regarding the importance of and investment in learning. The LXCI score is 68.0, identical to the score last quarter. The current LXCI score indicates an optimistic outlook. From 2010 to 2014, the average score was between 65 and 66. The current score is nearly 13 points higher than the historic low of 55.1 from Q1 2009, and less than two points below the historic high score of 69.9 from Q4 2013.