Guiding Principles of Quality
To support quality work the UMKC-IHD incorporates a number of important principles in the planning, development, and implementation of program development initiatives. These include:
1 Training should be provided in a performance based framework to the greatest degree practical. This includes:
• Developing training around stated objectives that can be observed or measured;
• Measuring learning according to how well the learner performs in relation to competencies (objectives) rather than in relation to other learners.
2 Activities are guided by evidence-based practices where there is evidence showing that practices improve desired outcomes.
3 Activities incorporate adult learning principles (e.g. self-direction, learner experiences, real world application, cultural competence).
4 Activities are planned, implemented, and evaluated in collaboration with the attended audience.
5 Activities are designed to have lasting impact. This might include:
• Infusing training within existing training programs of organizations;
• Training other trainers;
• Pairing performance based instruction with organizational change to support application of competencies;
• Developing agreements or MOUs with organizations.
6 Activities are based on collaborative co-learning where everyone who has relevant knowledge and information is provided an opportunity to share and learn from one another.
7 Activities serve as a form of ongoing needs assessment where the needs of various constituencies are continually identified and addressed.