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Learning Executives’ Confidence Remains Steady

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Learning executives remain optimistic about the health of learning, according to the Association for Talent Development's (ATD) Learning Executive Confidence Index, which assesses the expectations of learning executives for the learning function in organizations for the next six months. The LXCI score for the third quarter of 2015 is 68 out of 100. This is identical to second-quarter results.


This score is just over one point higher than the 2014 third-quarter results, which scored 66.9. However, the number is nearly 13 points higher than the historic low of 55.1 in 2009, and only two points below the historic high score of 69.9 in 2013.

The LXCI is a composite score that takes into account four key indicators of how learning executives feel the learning function will change during the next six months. The key indicators are:

  • ability to meet learning needs
  • impact on corporate performance
  • perception of the value of learning
  • availability of resources.

Most of the surveyed learning executives have positive expectations of their organizations' overall performance for the coming six months, with 68 percent characterizing their outlook as substantially as or moderately better than the previous quarter. Only 10 percent have a negative outlook for their own organization.
ATD has calculated the LXCI since 2008. The next LXCI (Q4 2015) will be available online in January 2016.

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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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