Podcast 49 - Evidence-based practice for HR and L&D

We all make decisions based on evidence, whether hard data or personal experience. But are we really interpreting that evidence correctly, or are we basing decisions on hunch and opinion?

Written by Ross Garner
Published 13 June 2017
Podcast 49 - Evidence-based practice for HR and L&D
In HR and L&D, proponents of evidence-based practice (EBP) encourage us to gather the best available evidence from multiple sources and to weight it appropriately.

On this week's GoodPractice Podcast, EBP enthusiast Mark Hendy joins Owen Ferguson and Ross Garner to share his experience with EBP, as well as tips to get you started.

The Freakonomics podcast episode that Ross referenced makes a case for evidence-based policy. It is available at: http://freakonomics.com/podcast/most-famous-political-operative-america/.

The ASK Manager app that Mark recommended is available from the Apple Store at: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/ask-manager/id1143524652.

The two CIPD reports that Owen recommended are available at: https://www.cipd.co.uk/Images/rapid-evidence-assessment-of-the-research-literature-on-the-effect-of-goal-setting-on-workplace-performance_tcm18-16903.pdf and https://www.cipd.co.uk/Images/rapid-evidence-assessment-of-the-research-literature-on-the-effect-of-performance-appraisal-on-workplace-performance_tcm18-16902.pdf.

The CIPD's 'Evidence-based HR' discussion forum can be accessed at: http://www2.cipd.co.uk/community/discussion-forum/evidence-based-hr.

Other useful resources include the Center for Evidence Based Management (https://www.cebma.org) and Science for Work (http://scienceforwork.com).

Mark's HR blog is available at: http://hendyshrblog.co.uk/.

The article Owen recommended on Deep Blue's psychological battle with Kasparov is available at: https://backchannel.com/what-deep-blue-tells-us-about-ai-in-2017-3284f92b2a93.

And the source for Ross' German word game was: http://hellogiggles.com/10-fabulous-german-words-english-equivalent/.

Finally, because it's 2017, the text-to-speech voice used in this podcast was Google Translate, not Microsoft Sam. Ross apologises for any confusion caused.

About the author

Ross Garner

Ross Garner

Head of Learning Experience
Ross has been working in L&D for seven years and he heads up the instructional design team at Emerald Works. In 2019 he completed a Masters in Digital Education and was named Learning Technologies’ Learning Designer of the Year. He is also one of the hosts of the Good Practice Podcast.

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