LIFT Standards – Reporting and Acknowledgement of Learning Impact

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 even society at large. Explore the last LIFT standard – Reporting on and Acknowledgement of Learning Impact.

Over the years, the ways in which Learning and Development (L&D) can support an organisation in reaching its goals have changed immensely. Yet when (L&D) leaders are asked for their key priorities, inevitably, demonstrating impact always seems to find its way into one of the top places in their list.

However, the reporting and stories coming out of L&D simply are not aligned with what the business is looking for and, thus, not fully recognised by them. In a survey carried out with business leaders by the ROI Institute and ATD, the three most common metrics reported on by L&D were ranked at the very bottom of what the business leaders wanted to see, while their top two priorities were only reported on by less than 9% of L&D teams.

As Lewis Carroll pointed out, “If you do not know where you are going, any road will get you there.” Thus, if L&D leaders want to demonstrate impact, they need to define with the business and the learners the destination they want to reach and construct the roadmap to get there. This allows L&D to report back on what matters to their stakeholders in a way that allows their stakeholders to acknowledge the results.

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 even society at large. It allows them to examine how they currently approach impact and embark on a continuous improvement process to ensure they embed impact into their methodologies, approaches and processes throughout the entire learning value chain. This enables them to address impact with their stakeholders from the very start, agree with them on how they will report back on it and thus ensure that learning’s contribution to their goals will be recognised and acknowledged by them.

LIFT standards Reporting & Acknowledgement

LIFT allows a learning function to benchmark their approach on:

  • what type of impact reporting they carry out,
  • who they target with it, and
  • how they communicate with them.

It also enables the learning function to think about the alignment between:

  • what the business and its learners ultimately want to achieve,
  • the level it needs to be measured at, and
  • the data needed to demonstrate learning’s contribution.

All of this helps to ensure that the learning function is focused on what matters to its stakeholders in a way that can be recognised and acknowledged by them.

  • Does your learning function want to commit to maturing how it delivers impact to your stakeholders?
  • 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?

For more information on the LIFT learning impact certification, visit our website, follow the conversation, or contact Steven Smith or Shanshan Ge to learn how your learning function can be a part of it! 

The LIFT certification is supported by four standards: Comprehensiveness, Application, Stakeholder Involvement, and Reporting and Acknowledgement. Learn more in this series of articles that explores each standard in depth.

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.

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