The CPD Research, perhaps the largest in scale academic review of CPD best practices was the reason we found The CPD Standards Office. To find out about the initial work and about everone involved, please click here.
The 2023 research study will be conducted over an 18-month period and will collate a mixture of quantitative and qualitative data streams from a wide range of stakeholders within the CPD arena, including anyone working on improving their skills:
Members of Professional Bodies.
These organisations helped shaped the CPD Research that began in 2012 and have contributed significantly to the shaping of the CPD standards that we at The CPD Standards Office use to accredit high quality training.
Over the past decade, the context in which we learn has profoundly changed. The fabric of our everyday lives is now intertwined with technology, hybrid working and career uncertainty. In a post-pandemic world, our understanding of professional development and lifelong learning has evolved with a growing dependency on online and digital training.
Yet the choice of training, coaching and online education is overwhelming, with thousands of companies and individuals offering CPD learning activities across different subjects and industries. Many providers create training experiences using traditional methods and evaluation procedures, yet in this changing digital world, it is likely that learning styles and preferences have changed.
CPD or ‘Continuing Professional Development’ is simply about ongoing learning to keep up to date at work. We define CPD as:
A simple, structured approach to lifelong learning.CPD is an ongoing process of intentionally developing your knowledge, skills, and competence to be the best you can be at work and in your role.
The 2023 study explores CPD learning, professionalism and professional standards. Asking big questions, such as does technology drive our learning?
It will review how everyday training practices can be improved to raise the bar and enable individuals to get the most out of their CPD and lifelong learning. In turn, collectively creating a competent, high-performing workforce.
Every day is a CPD day.
Anyone and everyone undertake CPD daily, often without realising it. As humans, we are naturally inquisitive and seek to find solutions and answers to everyday challenges.
As CPD is an ongoing practice rather than a one-off activity, it operates through the complete personalisation of learning. We are in the driving seat when it comes to our ongoing professional education, and as a result, CPD is available to improve every skill and increase all career success.
What value do young people and professionals associate with CPD?
What are the relationships between CPD, employability and salary/remuneration?
How do we create ‘good CPD habits’ to forge successful careers?
How will artificial intelligence and chatbots change learning?
What is the effectiveness and learning impact of face-to-face, digital, and virtual learning experiences?
How has technology shaped blended learning? What are the ingredients of a successful blended experience?
How are professional standards defined in 2023?
What are the relevant criteria to accredit different types of CPD learning?
What are the best frameworks for creating positive and successful learning experiences?
Despite it being a common practice in many professions, CPD continues to be an area that has received surprisingly little attention from the academic community, with a dearth of scientific evidence available. This raises questions about the long-held beliefs and assumptions on learning impact, efficacy, individual competence and across professional communities.
Launched in 2010, the CPD Research Project was the first major scientific study that focused on the role of CPD (Continuing Professional Development) within individual professionals ‘lives’, organisational environments, and professional communities.
Based within the field of industrial and occupational psychology, it analysed individual employee perceptions of CPD and captured scientific data which confirmed the effectiveness of a range of professional development training activities. It also explored CPD policies and initiatives championed by professional institutes and regulators and identified challenges and flaws in how we undertake lifelong learning.
Updates and communications about the research project will be published here, and we will report key findings as they emerge from the research.
A whitepaper capturing insights, findings and implications for policy and standards will be published in Autumn 2023.