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Evidence-Based Management: From the What and the Why, to the How To


How can we improve people-related decision making?

Over the past decade the responsibilities of the HR function have changed significantly: the HR professional now has its seat at the executive table and is in charge of solving complex organizational challenges. At the same time, traditional models and new 'cutting edge' solutions often fail to deliver on what they promise. This leaves the HR professional with a profound challenge: how can we stay away from fads and quick fixes and instead use valid and reliable evidence to support the HR function?

In response to this problem the idea of evidence-based HR has evolved, with the goal of improving the quality of people-related decision making by using critically evaluated evidence from multiple sources, such as organizational data, professional expertise, and the scientific literature.

While this sounds sensible and straightforward, gathering, understanding and using evidence is challenging in many ways and requires a set of specific skills.

So, the question is: how are we doing with skill-development for Evidence-Based Practice in Management and HR?

The first full-blown, 3-day training course on evidence-based decision-making took place this Fall in Ghent. Here CEBMa, Ghent University, and Balance HR, partnering with The VIGOR Unit, WisKeys, and ScienceForWork, had a deeper look at what it takes to apply an evidence-based approach to management decisions. The training had a unique format–and venue–and was the first of its kind.

Pietro Marenco, Editor and Director of ScienceForWork, wrote a comprehensive blogpost about. Including an interview with our founder Edward Vanhoutte. Read it here.

Pictures of the workshop

Pictures by Raf Michiels. Click on largest picture for right size.

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