Purpose

Our Purpose Is To Share

Thank you for your interest in Human Performance Technology – Evidence Based Practices for Performance Improvement!

HPT is the application of science to Performance Improvement. And in the words of the late Don Tosti, “All performance is a human endeavor.”

The original Site Administrators started this site to capture and preserve and to share some of our Free Resources in HPT/PI – that once were, but are no longer available from ISPI – plus our related books, articles and other resources.

Carol-Roger-Guy

We have also invited some of our colleagues from NSPI/ISPI to join us as Site Administrators: Jeanne Farrington and Gary DePaul.

See the Admin Page for everyone’s Contact Information.

And we are using this Site to capture and to preserve and to share some Free Resources from many others involved in HPT/PI – some of which were once, but are no longer available on the ISPI – International Society for Performance Improvement – website – here.

But we are not limited to sharing resources from current or past members of NSPI or ISPI.

To Share Your HPT Resources

If you have some content to contribute, please send it to any of the Site Administrators as a PDF – please ensure that you are legally able to share it. Please include a photo of yourself, a bio, and any contact info you wish us to publish.

We reserve the right to accept or reject any and all content contributions.

If we accept your contributions we will add a page to the Site Resources tab.

What Is HPT?

First: “All Enterprise Performance is a Human Endeavor” – the late Don Tosti, PhD.
Note: HPT is also known as PI: Performance Improvement – and as HPI: Human Performance Improvement.

HPT – Human Performance Technology

Definition* of HPT – Human Performance Technology:

Human Performance Technology – An integrated systems approach to improving human performance.

Criteria to Judge Applications of HPT:

  1. Is focused on valuable, measured results;
  2. Considers the larger system context of people’s performance;
  3. Provides valid and reliable measures of the effectiveness of those applications
  4. Clearly describes applications grounded in prior research or empirical evidence (or are not discouraged by either one) so that they may be replicated under the conditions and by the means for which they were recommended**

**When stated this way, intuition and respected practice are permitted and encouraged (provided they meet the first three criteria) without scientific evidence provided that there is no research evidence that it may not work under the conditions or by the means where it is being recommended.

Our definition of human performance is: “those valued results produced by people working within a system.”

Assumptions:

  1. A technology is a set of empirical and scientific principles and their application
  2. Human performance technology is the technology concerned with all variables which impact human performance
  3. All organizational processes and practices impact the production of valued results, whether positively or negatively and whether those results go measured or unmeasured, acknowledged or not. (Everything that an organization does affects what it accomplishes, whether or not the results are acknowledged or desirable.)
  4. The purpose of all organizations is the same: to create value for their stakeholders; this is accomplished by aligning all processes, practices, and resources to maximize the production of that value.
  5. We collaborate with and value the expertise of other disciplines; human performance technology becomes the integrator and multiplier.

*This definition of HPT was created by a multi-year ISPI Presidential Task Force that completed its initial work in 2004. For more on that effort, please go here.

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