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IFTDO Global HRD Award Criteria/Procedures

Entry Criteria

Entries come from a wide range of sources – from individuals, small family-run businesses right through to large corporations, government departments and NGO’s. Anyone with detailed understanding of a people project can submit an entry.

Successful entries will demonstrate how a particular business or organizational performance issue or opportunity was tackled through an HRD initiative. They will also show how business or organizational performance was enhanced as a result. This might be through increased growth and profitability, but can also be related to more specific objectives in NGO’s and Not for Profit organizations. At all times, the judges will be looking for evidence of innovation and creativity that sets new standards in best practice.


Additional Entry criteria for the Research Excellence Award

All of the criteria detailed below are of equal value and they are not weighted. Members of the academic judging panel will take the criteria in the round in ranking the nominated papers. This means that it is possible that a paper with the highest ranking may not fully meet every individual criteria but it does nevertheless meet most of the criteria better than any other paper in the opinion of the judges

  1. The paper is drawn from and has a focus on professional HRD practice.

  2. The paper has a direct and overt content detailing reflection and its outcomes.

  3. The findings and conclusions of the paper have potential value and application in professional HRD practice.

  4. The research design and procedures reflect a partnership approach between academics and professional HRD practitioners.

  5. The writing is such that the paper will appeal to both academic and practitioner journals and readers and is of high quality.

Guidance Notes

The IFTDO Award judges will be looking for three key attributes:

  • Firstly, how HRD initiative overcame a particular business issue, opportunity or organizational problem.

  • Secondly, the direct impact this had on the overall business or organizational performance, whether in terms of growth, profitability or meeting specific objectives.

  • Good structure and presentation of the submission.

Particular attention will be paid to innovative and creative solutions, which set new standards of best practice in the HRD aspects of people management.


How to Enter

Rules of Entry and Entry forms are available via the IFTDO website Entries may be submitted by IFTDO member organizations as well as by other organizations who are presently not members of IFTDO. The entries include a brief overview of the project being submitted for consideration. This should be no more than 1,000 words. Entries can be submitted by organizations as well as individuals. Please note there is a separate entry form for the Research Excellence Award.


The Judging Process

There is an international Panel of Judges consisting of eminent persons in the HR and academic field. There is also a specialist international academic panel, who will judge the research award category. The judging process for the IFTDO Award falls into two main stages:


Stage one

Stage one is the key assessment process to determine which entries will be shortlisted for final assessment. This is based on the review of the information submitted with the entries.


Stage two

The shortlisted entries selected from stage one will be further assessed for final decision of Awards. If considered necessary, representatives from concerned organisations may be invited to a judging teleconference or meeting or further submission.

The Awards will be decided and the Awardees will be informed within 2 months of the closing date of the Awards.


Presentations of Awards

Awards will be presented at the Awards ceremony, to be held during 47th IFTDO World Conference in Dubai, March 20-22, 2018, where the Winners and Certificate of Merit awardees of IFTDO Global HRD Award will receive their awards and acknowledgements.


Award Submissions

Please send entries by email to:  Dr. Uddesh Kohli, Secretary General, IFTDO at or

Key Global HRD Award Program Dates and Deadlines

Closing date for all entries - January 31, 2018 - 5 PM (GMT)

Decision by the Judging Panel - February 28, 2018

Presentation of 2018 Global HRD Awards will be during the 47th IFTDO World Conference in Dubai - March 20 - 22, 2018