8.0 PDP’s Future Sustainability
PDP’s long-term sustainability is directly linked to its core beliefs and values based on understanding the fundamental value of promoting workforce development—specifically with regard to the public and not-for-profit sectors. Its sustainability for over 40 years is further linked to PDP’s fundamental beliefs that:
- Supporting evidence-based education and training adds substantial value to the development, management, and delivery of government-related services.
- Practicing the principles of adult learning theory, best practices in organization development, and effective classroom-to-job learning experiences are an essential aspect of workforce development.
- Helping public agencies and those who work in or for the public service perform more effectively and efficiently makes a difference in their ability to provide much-needed services to their respective constituents.
PDP steadfastly believes that well designed and effectively delivered training is directly linked to supporting the integrity of the public service.
In following these guiding principles PDP has built a strong and sustainable model for the immediate present and its anticipated future through activities that:
- Stress PDP’s support of the University’s public and community service mission.
- Respond to emerging workforce development needs.
- Provide needed continuing professional education for the public and not-for-profit workforce.
- Demonstrate the important link between effectively transforming policy to practice.
- Formulate research and practice opportunities for faculty and students.
- Design state-of-the-art programs that advance skill development, knowledge gain, and learning.
- Promote and encourage staff development and learning opportunities for its employees.
PDP will firmly hold these core beliefs and principles as its guide to shape future programs and to strengthen its value to its stakeholders. As PDP examines new opportunities, the following characteristics can be seen as influencing the design of its future programs. E-learning delivery which has steadily increased over the past decade will continue to be emphasized as PDP addresses the ever changing needs of workforce development in the 21st century. PDP will assuredly explore the expansion of its program offerings in the areas of instructor-led training, web-based training and webinars; self-paced training modules; mobile learning activities accessed by smartphones and tablets; and blended learning, which combines elements from traditional classroom training and e-learning to create dynamic training programs that acknowledge the array of ways in which those in the 21st century workforce learn. For PDP, the critical factor remains to select the most suitable format and delivery methodologies to meet the needs of its highly diversified training audience. This may range from week-long, formalized training programs to on-demand, mobile learning, including training manuals, help systems, and performance supports that allow trainees to access the information they need on demand.
PDP foresees expanding its overall portfolio through ongoing collaboration with the Center for International Development (CID), the School of Social Welfare, the School of Public Health, the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity (CEHC), Albany Law School, Rockefeller College, and other centers in Rockefeller College. These efforts will focus on intensifying its e-learning training platform, developing leadership development programs for the public workforce, expanding its workforce impact evaluations, and pursuing collaborative grants and contracts which address the needs of continuing professional education for the public sector.
PDP’s approach to these ambitious initiatives will not supplant its ongoing commitment to fully meet its primary mission of serving the public and not-for-profit workforce in New York State.