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Background to the CPD Research Project

Intro to the CPD Research Project

The CPD Research Project was launched in late 2010 by Amanda Rosewarne with the support of Kingston University Business School. Recognising a lack of independent research within the area of CPD and lifelong learning the project has primarily focused on exploring three core areas:

  • Individual perceptions of CPD
  • The effectiveness of CPD schemes and activities
  • The organisational benefits of CPD

The research has incorporated various quantitative and qualitative research streams and more information can be found at

The Association of Project Management and the CPD Research Project

This report details the raw data from a survey undertaken by the CPD Research Project for the Association of Project Management (APM). The APM have been a great supporter of the project, and have participated in an semi structured interview as well as running an online survey to their members and wider community.

The survey was available online through the later par of 2011. It was advertised to the APM’s membership and advertised on the website, as a voluntary and confidential survey. 

In total the survey received 289 responses, with most respondents participating in all questions. However, not all contributed to the text response options. This report contains the questionnaire structure and the raw data received. Any further analysis of the findings should be considered alongside the presentation delivered to the APM on 4 May 2012. For guidance on working with this report further, please email

The questionnaire was structured into nine sections as detailed below, and hence forms the structure of this report:

Section 1 – Introduction
Section 2 – Professional Development Experiences
Section 3 – The APM and CPD
Section 4 –Your Employability
Section 5 – Your Development Activities
Section 6 – CPD and You
Section 7 – CPD and Your Organisation
Section 8 – You and Your Role 2
Section 9 – Demographic Information and Comments

In order to measure psychological factors that are reasonably complex, such as ‘the extent an individual values CPD’ we follow professional practice by using ‘Academic Scales’. These are a collection of statements which ask individuals to answer by indicating the extent of their agreement e.g. strongly agree or strongly disagree, or by the frequency e.g. very often to not at all etc. The answers to all of the statements are then combined in one overall and average score.

Within this report, the ‘scales’ are displayed in Graph form and highlighted within the graph title that they are an academic scale. The graphs simply detail the collection of statements and percentage of respondents.

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