ISD: 3 Videos of Richard E. Clark

Dick Clark

I’ve been a fan of Dick Clark since the late 1980s. In 2002-4 he served on an ISPI Task Force that I initiated, and he along with Jeanne Farrington crafted a definition of HPT – Human Performance Technology that I really liked:

Definition of HPT – Human Performance Technology:

Human Performance Technology

– An integrated systems approach to improving human performance.

Criteria to Judge applications of HPT:

  1. Is focused on valuable, measured results; 
  2. Considers the larger system context of people’s performance;
  3. Provides valid and reliable measures of the effectiveness of those applications

Clearly describes applications grounded in prior research or empirical evidence (or are not discouraged by either one) so that they may be replicated under the conditions and by the means for which they were recommended*

*When stated this way, intuition and respected practice are permitted and encouraged (provided they meet the first three criteria) without scientific evidence provided that there is no research evidence that it may not work under the conditions or by the means where it is being recommended.
Our definition of human performance is: “those valued results produced by people working within a system.”Assumptions:

  1. A technology is a set of empirical and scientific principles and their application
  2. Human performance technology is the technology concerned with all variables which impact human performance
  3. All organizational processes and practices impact the production of valued results, whether positively or negatively and whether those results go measured or unmeasured, acknowledged or not.  (Everything that an organization does affects what it accomplishes, whether or not the results are acknowledged or desirable.)
  4. The purpose of all organizations is the same: to create value for their stakeholders; this is accomplished by aligning all processes, practices, and resources to maximize the production of that value.
  5. We collaborate with and value the expertise of other disciplines; human performance technology becomes the integrator and multiplier.

For more about that initiative – see this site – here.

The 3 HPT Videos I’ve Done with Dr. Clark

From 2012 – this video is 44:23 minutes in length.

From 2019 – this video is 85:50 minutes in length.

From 2020 – this video is 52:57 minutes in length.

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