LIFT Standards – Application of the Learning Impact Framework

LIFT Framework - Application

The second standard enables LIFT to empower a learning function in assessing its current approach to applying the impact framework, offering an external perspective on its maturity level.

How does your learning function measure the impact of their solutions? Are you giving your business leaders valuable insights into how your learning solutions are contributing to their business results? Do you ensure that your learners are getting what they need to acquire the knowledge, skills, confidence and commitment to excel in their roles, as well as ensuring that they can apply it within their day-to-day?

EFMD’s Learning Impact for Today and Tomorrow certification, LIFT, was created to support learning functions that 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.

LIFT framework Application

While the learning impact model used by a learning function might be contextualised to its organisation, chances are that it is based on the Kirkpatrick model. Introduced in 1959 and regularly updated since, the model outlines 4 levels of learning impact – reaction, learning, behaviour and results. And, with each increase in level comes an increase in the effort of measuring –thus, the importance for a learning function to ensure its application in a manner that balances the effort required and the results their stakeholders want to see.

When this is done well, it results in the business considering learning a tool that is an integral part of reaching their goals and aspirations and an investment to be made for the future. When not done well, learning will be relegated to the ranks of a basic support function that is to be managed and optimised as a cost centre.

When looking at industry standards, learning functions almost always measure participants’ reactions and the learning they are getting. However, only about 30% of learning solutions need to be measured to the application level and 5-10% to business results. LIFT allows a learning function to examine how it currently approaches the application of its impact framework and provides an outside-in view of its level of maturity in relation to learning benchmarks. In the spirit of continuous improvement, LIFT will also suggest ways in which it could further mature to assist it in building a development roadmap.

  • 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 certification from a world-renowned accreditation body that drives excellence in management development?

Contact Steven Smith or Shanshan Ge to learn 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. 

About LIFT

EFMD’s LIFT (Learning Impact for Today and Tomorrow) Certification allows a learning function to evaluate and benchmark its maturity in how it delivers impact to its stakeholders against industry standards. Developed through a design thinking approach and collaborative input from over 30 organisations, including CLIP-accredited learning functions and EQUIS-accredited business schools, LIFT certification allows learning functions to engage stakeholders, analyse impact, and align practices with industry best standards, fostering a culture of continuous improvement.

LIFT provides an externally recognised three-year certification, enabling organisations to receive validation, insights for improvement, and a holistic perspective on their impact approach.

For more information on the LIFT learning impact certification, visit our website or follow the conversation here.

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