LIFT Standards – Comprehensiveness of the Learning Impact Framework

Lift your learning function’s impact on your organisation and your learners through EFMD’s impact certification, LIFT. 

Learning Impact for Today and Tomorrow certification, LIFT, was created to support learning functions who want to ensure they are delivering real impact to their organisations, learners and society at large. It allows them to examine how they currently approach impact and embark on a continuous improvement process to ensure that they embed impact into their methodologies, approaches and processes throughout the entire learning value chain. This allows them to address impact from the very start rather than having it be something that they only try to measure at the end.

Learning and Development professionals know that learning is an investment that the organisation makes to reach its objectives and develop its people. Yet time and again, the HBR International Board survey underscores that around 80% of business leaders are dissatisfied with their learning functions’ performance and 50% of line managers believe there would be no difference in performance if the learning function were eliminated. Why?

One factor is no doubt the gap between what business leaders think is important to measure in learning and what the learning function is actually measuring and reporting on. A survey done by the ROI Institute found that the number one priority of business leaders is to understand how learning contributed to their top 5 business priorities; yet less than 10% of learning functions measured and reported on this. What learning functions most often measured and reported on were the number of participants and learner satisfaction – which business leaders put at sixth place in their priorities, behind external recognition received by the learning function and the measurement of learners’ skills/knowledge increase as well as their on-the-job application.

LIFT Framework -Comprehensiveness

This is why the first LIFT standard is the comprehensiveness of the learning function’s frameworks applied throughout their value chain – from needs identification through to the results of the learning solutions. LIFT guides them through a series of questions in a self-assessment exercise that allows them to evaluate their current approach to impact within their frameworks. This is further discussed with an EFMD peer review team that looks at these frameworks as well as examples of how they have been used. These two steps then permit the peer review team to confirm the learning function’s current level of maturity compared to learning industry standards, highlight what they are doing well and provide them with suggestions on how to further progress — all within the spirit of building on existing practices and continuous improvement.

  • Does your learning function want to commit to maturing how it delivers impact to your organisation and its learners?
  • Do you want to benchmark how your learning function approaches impact compared to industry standards?
  • Would you like to be externally recognised through a certification from a world-renowned accreditation body that drives excellence in management development?

Contact Steven Smith or Shanshan Ge to learn more about LIFT and how your learning function can be a part of it.

Stay tuned for the upcoming articles as we delve deeper into the four standards of LIFT.