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ASTD Research Connecting Research to Performance

ASTD Research tracks trends, informs decisions, and connects research to practice and performance. By providing comprehensive data and insightful analysis, ASTD Research Reports help business leaders and training and development professionals understand and more effectively respond to today’s fast-paced industry. Our research reports offer a practical foundation for today’s data-driven decision-makers, containing both quantitative and qualitative analysis on a variety of topics including: organizational learning, human capital management, training, and performance. Contact ASTD Research at

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Data collection for the 2014 State of the Industry has begun. We understand that collecting this data may take time. For your reference, here is a PDF version of this survey to assist you in collecting the metrics. It is important for ASTD to capture as many data points as possible from your company, so please make every effort to fill this out as completely as possible 

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ASTD Research handles participant data with strict confidence and sensitivity. The State of the Industry report delivers data in aggregates and averages that do not identify participating organizations or organization-specific data.

Deadline for completing survey: Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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2013 State of the Industry

2013 State of the IndustryThe State of the Industry report is ASTD’s definitive review of workplace learning and development trends. In the 2013 State of the Industry report, 475 organizations representing a diverse sample of industries, sizes, and locations report on their commitment to learning and development.

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(The State of the Industry is an ASTD member benefit, and is complimentary for all members. ASTD members can download a copy of the report by going to the Store and clicking the "My Downloads" tab.)


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Big Data, Better Learning? How Big Data is Affecting Organizational Learning

Big Data, Better Learning? How Big Data Is Affecting Organizational Learning is an ASTD and the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) research report that dives into the trending field of how to gather and leverage big learning data. This Study examines the responses of 418 learning and development professionals in position of managers and above from varying sectors, sizes, and locations; these findings are complemented with interviews from industry thought leaders.

Building an Innovative Organization: The Role of Traning and Development

ASTD Research, in collaboration with subject matter expert Claude Legrand, examine innovation in organizations exclusively from the point of view of T&D in the report Building an Innovative Organization: The Role of Training and Development. Nearly all respondents to the survey (98 percent), strongly agree or agree that innovation is important for the future success of their organization

Playing to Win: Gamification and Serious Games in Organizational Learning

Playing to Win: Gamification and Serious Games in Organizational Learning is an ASTD and the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) research report that explores the use of gamification and serious games in organizational learning. One in four respondents (25 percent) said their organizations currently use gamification in learning, and one in five (20 percent) use serious games.

The Value of Learning: Gauging the Business Impact of Organizational Learning Programs

The Value of Learning: Gauging the Business Impact of Organizational Learning Programs is an ASTD and the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) research report focused on how organizations measure the effectiveness of the learning programs and products they design and implement.

Frontline Leaders: Developing Tomorrow's Executives

Frontline LeadersFrontline Leaders: Developing Tomorrow’s Executives is an ASTD Research report that examines the importance of frontline leadership (FLL) development and what organizations are doing to prepare their emerging leaders. In collaboration with the ASTD ForumASTD Research conducted an in-depth analysis of a survey conducted in July 2013 of 515 training and development professionals from various industries. The report offers frontline leadership best practices, challenges, and real-life examples from industry leaders.  

Virtual Leadership: Going the Distance to Manage Your Team

Virtual LeadershipVirtual Leadership: Going the Distance to Manage Your Teams provides insight into the realm of how organizations are preparing their leaders to manage virtual staff or staff in other countries. The report, sponsored by ON24, is based on in-depth analysis of the results of a survey conducted in April 2013 of 505 learning leaders from myriad of organizational sizes, industries, country headquarters, and regions of operations.

Learning & Development Trends in India, 2012

Learning & Development Trends in India, 2012 is a collaborative study between American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) and Harvard Business Publishing (HBP) to examine trends in learning and development in India. The two groups utilized research tools based on the annual ASTD State of the Industry report to study the results of 41 organizations that completed the survey conducted in 2011. This report will aid in taking the pulse of the learning and development practices in India, along with conducting comparisons among the companies in India as well as international companies.

Going Mobile: Creating Practices That Transform Learning

Going MobileThis report is based on analysis of a survey conducted by ASTD and the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp). It examines how organizations are implementing mobile learning and developing their mobile strategy in thge current technology-based landscape.

ASTD Learning Executive Confidence Index

The beginning of 2014 started on a low note for the LXCI, with a score of 57. This is the lowest score since 2009 Q1 (55.2) and a 12.9 percentage point decrease from Q4 2013 (from 69.9). This is a contrast to previous years, where the LXCI is typically higher in the beginning of the year, and decreases in confidence as the year progresses.

ASTD gives you the opportunity to connect live with industry leaders with the Watch & Learn webcast series. These hour-long webcasts cover a wide range of important topics and trends within the training and development field to give you an introduction to new topics or to take a closer look at others.

View a list of upcoming research webcasts.