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TJ AWARDS


winning submission? what makes a


Debbie Carter reflects on what makes a winning application in the TJ Awards m


ost of those people who have won a TJ Award will admit that at the outset of


the awards’ process they felt their initiative was good, but they were never certain they would win. Teir experience, combined with good evaluation data, gave them the confidence to enter and benchmark their work against the best in the field. All outstanding winners shared the same qualities: great enthusiasm for their project, total commitment from senior management, good engagement with their learners and a clear understanding that success can only be demonstrated if the original business objectives are delivered. All applicants have enthusiasm and


good engagement with their learner, some get commitment for their projects from senior managers, but only the very


Protyre winners of best customer service and coaching categories in 2013


Tao Leadership, BaxterStorey and Caroline Gilroy Associates win commercial and operational categories in 2015


best seem to be able to provide that all important evaluation data. Tis data can come from pre- and post-programme assessments and surveys, analysis of KPIs, increases in profitability, reductions in attrition or improved retention. Anything that shows that the initial goals have been achieved. As many experts in evaluation


will say ‘start with the end in mind’. Before you start designing your programme think about those targets and make sure you have an idea of how you are going to prove their achievement from the outset – this is crucial for your entry. Measure progress regularly and if necessary adjust your offering if something isn’t achieving what you originally planned – note all these along the way. Tese aren’t


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