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This research brief describes work documented in Ensuring the Quality and Productivity of Education and Professional Development Activities: A Review of Approaches and Lessons for DoD (MR-1257-OSD).

Excerpt: The Department of Defense (DoD) prides itself on providing "world class" training and continuing education to its military employees and would like to expand that reputation to its civilian employees. But just what does "world class" mean in the civilian context and how can the DoD best measure the quality of its efforts? A recently released RAND study, Ensuring the Quality and Productivity of Education and Professional Development Activities: A Review of Approaches and Lessons for DoD, points out that the DoD's education and training efforts are highly decentralized and suggests that defense policymakers can gauge the caliber of those efforts by choosing one of four assessment approaches.

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