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New Research from ASTD - Aligning Learning Goals and Outcomes with Business Performance Measures

Friday, March 30, 2012

High performing organizations evaluate their learning programs and tie the metrics to overall business performance measures. A new research report from ASTD and the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) reveals there is a strong correlation between goal alignment and market performance and offers recommendations on how organizations can create a culture of strong learning and business alignment.

Developing Results: Aligning Learning’s Goals and Outcomes with Business Performance Measures is based on an analysis of survey responses from 826 business and learning professionals. The report addresses topics that include

• the development of the learning strategy
• the measurement of learning’s impact on results
• challenges to maintaining and measuring alignment.

In addition to the goal alignment and market performance correlation, the research also reveals a correlation between alignment and a learning function that meets its own goals and the organization’s goals too.


“Ensuring that what takes place in the learning function is tied to the business strategy requires that learning professionals be as astute about business as they are about learning,” say the report’s authors.

Key findings from the study indicate
• Nearly 67 percent of high-performing companies use business outcomes as drivers for the learning strategy.
• Learning goals align with organization business goals in 72 percent of high performing organizations.


To find out more about the report visit the ASTD Research page here. ASTD members can download the report’s free whitepaper. Developing Results: Aligning Learning’s Goals and Outcomes With Business Performance Measures is sponsored by Apollo Research Institute.

About the Author

The Association for Talent Development (ATD) is a professional membership organization supporting those who develop the knowledge and skills of employees in organizations around the world. The ATD Staff, along with a worldwide network of volunteers work to empower professionals to develop talent in the workplace.

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