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  • November 04, 2015 10:19 PM | Anonymous

    Early Bird Deadline for Best Value ends December 18!

    The Performance Improvement Conference 2016
    April 10-12, Loews Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

    Keynote Featuring Aaron Hurst, Author of The Purpose Economy 

    Hear from the Masters!

    • Dale Brethower
    • Harold Stolovitch
    • Allison Rossett
    • Ryan Watkins
    • ISPI Community Service Project: Roger Addison, Carol Panza

    Check out the current and expanding list of exciting speakers!

    • Roger Addison
    • Carl Binder
    • Tim Gillum
    • Judy Hale
    • Glenn Hughes
    • Roger Kaufman
    • Ingrid Guerra Lopez
    • Gilles Morin
    • Kery Mortenson
    • Patti Philips
    • Sivasailam Thiagarajan
    • Klaus Wittkuhn
    • Martin Zink

    Plus, Exciting Pre-Conference Offerings!
    April 8-10, 2016

    • 3 Day: Principles and Practices of Performance Improvement Institute: Miki Lane
    • 3 Day: Performance Improvement Advanced Institute with Roger Addison and Klaus Wittkuhn
    • 2 Day:  Adding Value as a Performance Improvement Professional: Harold Stolovitch
    • 2 Day: Certification Workshop: Preparing for the CPT with Judy Hale
    • 1 Day: Performance Improvement Consulting: Ideas, Models, Tools, and Practice with Roger Chevalier

    How to Convince your Boss, including Employee Toolkit!
    Click below

    Convince Your Boss



    REGISTER By December 18 FOR A $250 DISCOUNT!

  • October 30, 2015 11:01 AM | Anonymous

    Dear Chapter Members,

    ISPI would like to offer a discounted rate of $695 for the CPT to Chapter Members from October 1, 2015 through the Annual Conference, ending April 12, 2016. This is a savings of $300 for our Chapter Members.

    In order to get the discounted rate of $695 a Chapter Member must:

    • Be listed on their Chapter Roster, and have paid dues (if any) for the year
    • Be a Society Member. If the Chapter Member is not a Society Member, they may select the best category to become a Member.  To view the Member rates, click here.  For assistance with processing your Membership, please email

    About the CPT
    Offered since 2002, this proficiency-based certification involves practitioners committing to a code of ethical practice and documenting how multiple examples of their work meet validated Performance Improvement Standards. The CPT credential is in demand by organizations hiring for specific performance improvement expertise and used as a benchmark for organizations choosing to develop their staff, deploy teams, and evaluate the expertise of vendors and consultants.

    The CPT is the sole performance improvement credential available that is based on a comprehensive demonstration of real-world experience and competence across multiple projects. You are not required to complete a formal training or education program or an exam.  

    The eligibility requirements to apply for certification include a minimum of three years of experience in performance improvement or a related field and a detailed description of work performed in multiple projects in a manner that demonstrates the use of each of the Standards with attestations from internal/external clients or supervisors. A qualified reviewer will review all the documentation received from a candidate and determine if all requirements have been met.

    All candidates for the certification must commit to the Code of Ethics. Once certified, performance improvement professionals must apply for recertification every three years to maintain the CPT designation.

    If you have questions about the CPT and the CPT process, please email:

  • October 29, 2015 9:42 AM | Anonymous

    Chicago ISPI is beginning to launch its regional communities to better meet the needs of its very distributed membership.  

    November 11th at noon will be the first meeting for the South Community.  The meeting will be held via  Simply, go to Join.Me and use the meeting code "chicagoispi" to enter the meeting.  

    Those individuals who live or work in the south suburbs or northwest Indiana are encouraged to participate.

    Liz Osika will be facilitating the meeting.  If you have any questions, please direct them to her at 

  • September 18, 2015 9:34 AM | Anonymous

    Kate Everson, associate editor at Chief Learning Officer, cautions "results from research might be less accurate than they seem."

    "The Reproducibility Project at the Center for Open Science in Charlottesville, Virginia, has spent a year testing 100 psychological studies published in three of the area’s top journals — Psychological Science, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition.

    Get ready to cringe: More than 60 of the studies have not held up when reproduced. These are studies that have shaped decisions made by therapists, researchers and educators — including learning leaders."

    Read the entire article at

  • August 10, 2015 2:18 PM | Ann Battenfield (Administrator)

    Check out the latest at Performance Xpress. Maybe you want to know more about learning portals and how to decide if they are a good choice for your organization. This recent article is on how social relationships affect organizational performance. And this column, written by Ria Roy, discusses how linking strategy to HPT can be beneficial.

    These are just a few of the many new posts. Think about how much you can learn in just five minutes!

  • July 31, 2015 2:01 PM | Anonymous
    Recently, ISPI Past President Jim Hill met with staffers of the House Ways & Means Committee about a new bill soon to be presented to the House of Representatives; this bill is expected to pass. Why do we care?  It’s a bill about evidence-based policymaking and includes performance principles related to data collection and evaluation.  Jim Hill suggested a few ISPI members be included in an Advisory Committee related to this initiative. Look for more details to follow.

  • July 07, 2015 1:52 PM | Anonymous

    Call for Submissions

    ISPI is pleased to announce the 2016 Awards of Excellence! The 2016 Deadline for Award Submissions is OCTOBER 1, 2015.

    About This Year's Process:
    ISPI is pleased to provide an online submission process for the 2016 Conference Proposals.  All submissions for the conference will be through a new web portal; we will send out information to all our members when the portal for submissions is open.

    The categories for submission include the following:

    ·          Outstanding Human Performance Intervention

    ·          Outstanding Human Performance Communication

    ·          Outstanding Research/Student Research

    ·          Chapter of Excellence

    Please note: Outstanding Chapter of Communication and Education Award will note be offered this year.

    For information on submitting awards, please visit the Awards of Excellence page on the ISPI website.


  • July 07, 2015 1:50 PM | Anonymous

    THE Performance Improvement Conference 2016 
    Call for Proposals

    ISPI is pleased to announce the call for proposals for 
    THE Performance Improvement Conference 2016
    Conference Programs: April 10-12, 2016
    Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

     The 2016 Deadline for Proposals is August 31, 2015.

    About This Year's Process:
    ISPI is pleased to provide an online submission process for the 2016 Conference Proposals.  All submissions for the conference will be through a new web portal; we will send out information to all our members and last year's presenters when the portal for submissions is open.

    Conference Theme:
    This year's theme is "Connect, Innovate, Integrate."

    Conference Presentations:
    Your proposal topic must align with one of the tracks below.  This enables participants to tailor their conference experience according to their interests. The tracks for proposals include the following:


    • Feature out-of-the-box, forward-thinking approaches to Performance Improvement (PI)
    • Go beyond “textbook” application of PI
    • Address contemporary / future topics
    • Introduce the audience to something really new, which drives their professional development
    • Invite attendees to shamelessly copy the approach immediately after leaving the conference

    Research to Practice

    • Demonstrate how PI models, systems, and tools have rigorously been applied to organizations
    • Outline formal research methods and procedures
    • Back-up research with quantitative or qualitative evidence to justify claims
    • Represent masters or doctoral dissertation or other academic research-based intervention

    PI in Developing Countries

    • Showcase PI engagement beyond Western Europe and North America
    • Depart from dominant western paradigms informing practice
    • Address unique needs of organizations in developing countries
    • Give an overview of the return on donor investment in PI
    • Introduce the audience to “huge scope” projects

    Applied PI

    • Examine PI interventions in practice
    • Use practical case studies
    • Include a demonstration of sound analysis

    Skill Builders

    • Share tools, models, software, games, applications, and other approaches so attendees can learn and immediately use back-on-the-job
    • Include hands-on application, exercises, or demonstrations

    PI and Systems Thinking

    • Demonstrate an application of core principles of systems thinking
    • Emphasize the advantages of a systematic approach
    • Outline how understanding is based on a systematic approach

    Education Sessions
    75-minute presentations are still the backbone of the ISPI Conference. This format gives the presenter time to fully explore a case study, a set of tools, or a methodology, and allows attendees time to apply and try out what they have learned.

    These 20-minute sessions are an excellent way for participants to invest just 20 minutes and come away with a functional understanding of a model, approach, concept or tool that they can really use tomorrow. For the 2016 ISPI Conference, 20-Minute Roundtables will be offered as a General Session, also fondly known as the Cracker Barrel session.

    Pecha Kucha
    “What is PechaKucha?” PechaKucha is Japanese for “chatter” or “chit-chat.” It’s a simple set of rules where presentations consist of 20 slides auto-timed at 20 seconds each. Virtually any idea or concept can be explored using this innovative format. Typically PechaKucha (pronounced pe-CHAK-cha) 20x20 presentations are almost completely graphical in nature with the presenter providing the textual narrative. We challenge you to try this relatively new session format for ISPI and join us on the creative presentation cutting-edge. These presentations will be offered as a General Session.

  • June 09, 2015 10:12 PM | Ann Battenfield (Administrator)

    In an excellent article published at eLearn Magazine, Brett Christiansen and Guy Wallace chase down the research behind some long-held performance improvement beliefs. 

    "Not everyone in the performance improvement field is a formal researcher and able to cite the research off the top of their head. But all should know the major "takeaways" of the research. All should know which of the well-established "myths" of our profession are most prevalent so that they and their clients can avoid them.

    "But it is very tricky to keep up with the facts versus fiction. And sometimes we are hoisted on our own petards—for "our crowds" sometimes provide us with both wisdom and folklore that gets repeated and repeated and repeated until we all believe it—except those hard-headed skeptics who seem to believe nothing and demand to see the proof.

    "Such is the case with variations of: Only 20 percent of performance issues are rooted in the individual versus the system (or environment)."

    Do follow the link to read the whole article and about their findings. From historic information about ISPI's roots and early conferences to research oft cited that may or may not have been completed, the article is fascinating.

  • May 17, 2015 4:14 PM | Ann Battenfield (Administrator)

    As a longtime ISPIer, I tend to enjoy any radio show or podcast that includes science, learning, and research. Radiolab shows often fit that bill. 

    You've likely heard about Facebook and the revolt that happened last fall when we learned that any Facebook user is likely part of social research. This episode, The Trust Engineers, starts with fascinating information about how the people at Facebook tried to word messages to change response rates. I am haven't analyzed this yet regarding what is relevant to us in the work we do, but it's a great listen...I think. Hope you do, too!

    Please listen, if you have the time, and add any ideas below regarding implications to our work. I think there may be several regarding change management.

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