8.0 PDP’s Future Sustainability
PDP’s long-term sustainability is interconnected to its core beliefs and values, which have steadily evolved over the past 42 years. They are firmly grounded in understanding the importance of fostering workforce development—specifically as it relates to the public and not-for-profit sectors. Its sustainability and ongoing success for these past 42 years is directly 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 unwaveringly believes that well designed and effectively delivered training is tied directly to supporting the educational needs of the public service.
In steadfastly following these guiding principles, throughout its history, PDP has consistently built a strong sustainable model for the immediate present and its pending future through activities that:
- Stress PDP’s support of the University’s public and community service mission.
- Respond to emerging workforce development needs.
- Provide crucial continuing professional education for the public and not-for-profit workforce.
- Demonstrate the significant connection 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 hold firmly to these core beliefs and principles as its guide to shape future programs, which serve to reinforce its value for its stakeholders and the university.
To maintain its sustainability, PDP will definitely explore the expansion of its program offerings in a number of areas such as; instructor-led training, web-based training and webinars; self-paced training, mobile learning, and blended learning. Over the past two decades e-learning, which has progressively increased in acceptance, has become a valuable component of PDP’s portfolio and will continue to be highlighted as an important mode for training.
As PDP examines new opportunities to support workforce development, which remains its central focus, the following factors will influence the design of future programs. Selecting the most suitable format and delivery methodologies to meet the needs of its highly diversified training audience remains critical. This may range from weeklong, formalized training programs to on-demand, mobile learning, including training manuals, help systems, performance supports that allow trainees to access the information they need on demand, and offering a variety of distance learning alternatives.
PDP anticipates further expanding its portfolio through ongoing collaboration with the Center for International Development (CID), the School of Social Welfare (SSW), the School of Public Health (SPH), the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity (CEHC), Albany Law School, Rockefeller College, and other University centers. 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 displace its unending commitment to meet its primary mission of serving the public and not-for-profit workforce in New York State.