The International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) is the leading international association dedicated to improving productivity and performance in the workplace. ISPI represents performance improvement professionals throughout the world, with a mission to use evidence-based performance improvement research and practices to effect sustainable, measurable results and add value to stakeholders in the private, public, and social sectors. Assembling THE Performance Improvement Conference and other educational events like Principles & Practices, CPT Workshop, and Developing an HR Optimization Plan, publishing books and periodicals, and supporting research are some of the ways ISPI works toward achieving this mission.
The Past is Prologue
With roots firmly planted in performance research and instructional design, the Society was founded in 1962 as the National Society for Programmed Instruction. Later, evolving with members who were concerned fundamentally with performance and its improvement, the Society changed its name to the National Society for Performance and Instruction. As the Society's mission developed more globally and human performance technology became more widely regarded as a process of selection, analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation of programs to most cost-effectively influence human behavior and accomplishment, we became the International Society for Performance Improvement. Click here for ISPI's Historical Timeline.
A Focus on Performance
Workforce performance is at the heart of sustainable competitive advantage, and the quest for continuous improvements in productivity and competence is universal. We pioneered a comprehensive approach to improve workforce performance, which takes on new significance in our economic future and is the key to global competitiveness.
An effective human performance improvement (PI) strategy must be holistic, taking the work, worker, workplace, and marketplace all into account. PI is about sustaining human performance, aligning recruiting, training, performance management, process redesign, rewards and recognition, and competitive products and services.
Who Belongs to ISPI?
Performance technologists, training directors, human resources managers, instructional technologists, human factors practitioners, project managers, and organizational consultants are members of ISPI.
Our members work worldwide in Industry (45%) including banking/mortgage, energy, finance, healthcare, insurance, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, retail, telecommunications, and transportation; Consulting (30%); Academia (10%); Government (10%); Armed Forces (3%); and Non-profits (2%).
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