The Performance Improvement journal is published in partnership with John Wiley & Sons Inc., and is an acclaimed journal geared toward practitioners of performance technology in the workplace. Learn from hands-on experiences with models, interventions, “how-to” guides, and ready-to-use job aids, as well as research articles. Performance Improvement also offers updates on trends, reviews, and field viewpoints. The journal deals with all types of interventions and all phases of the human performance technology (HPT) process. The common theme is performance improvement practice or technique that is supported by research or germane theory.

The January issue of the Performance Improvement journal’s international issue, guest edited by Mari Novak, takes an “out of our usual context” look at HPT professionals exploring “What Works.” Mari elaborates on this and states “what works is not reserved for our methodologies within our increasingly complex theoretical framework. Nor is the application limited to business models, outreach services, and research projects with which we are comfortable.” Mari wants readers see past what is there and see context that is potentially very different from their work.

This issue is designed to see how other professionals from around the globe approach situations, describe their practices of performance improvement, and encourage performance.

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Sharing Antarctic Research in the Classroom: Authentic Outreach as a Means of Improving Student Performance
Pat Betteley, Natalie Harr and Richard E Lee Jr.

For six seasons, Richard Lee has included a K-12 teacher on his Antarctic research team to coordinate outreach to U.S. classrooms. These teachers have communicated with thousands of students and their teachers and planned authentic outreach activities to improve student performance. Program success depends on funding by the National Science Foundation, passionate leadership, and five components for launching a successful outreach initiative: recruiting and mobilizing support, introducing Antarctic researchers to students and community, communication using technology, purposefully planning interdisciplinary instruction, and using media and publications to extend the outreach.

A Walk on the Human Performance Side—Part 4
Roger M. Addison and Carol Haig

In their three previous articles in this series, the authors explored the work of performance architects at the worker/individual/team, work/process, and workplace/organization levels. Here they add the fourth level, world/society, and explore what organizations are doing to assess the impact of their products and services on the worldwide environmental community.

Performance Improvement: A Key to Success in International Development Projects
Ryan Watkins, Maurya West-Meiers and Kristin Marsh Song

Performance improvement holds great potential for improving the results of international development projects, serving public and private organizations in growing economies. The field of international development, in turn, has much to teach practitioners of performance improvement. In this article, the authors discuss the elements of performance improvement already being applied and suggest key benefits of expanding the application in development projects, for example, rural road construction in Bolivia or teacher training in Uganda.

Online Continuing Medical Education in Saudi Arabia
Adnan D. Alwadie

As the largest country in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia and its health care system are well positioned to embark on an online learning intervention so that health care providers in all areas of the country have the resources for updating their professional knowledge and skills. After a brief introduction, online continuing medical education is explored. Benefits and barriers of using online continuing education are noted and logistical concerns are highlighted. The article ends with lessons learned and implications for the future.

Practicing Masterful Performance Technology: The Case of the Minister’s Cabinet
Steven J. Kelly, Tanja Georgievska and Fatmir Besimi

This contribution to the What Does a CPT Do? series is a dynamic case study from the Ministry of Economy, Macedonia. Two certified performance technologists provide an insightful analysis of the highlights of a complex international development human performance technology assessment and subsequent performance interventions. Told from the personal point of view of the consultants, with brief insights from the client minister, the focus is on key issues such as team alignment, strong client partnerships, balancing political versus effectiveness issues, and providing sustainable solutions with durable results.

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