CIPD Intermediate Award – Using Information, Metrics and Developing Business Cases for Learning & Development (5DBC)

3 Months


£500 + £45 (+VAT)

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Purpose and aim of unit

Learning and Development (L&D) professionals need to be able to understand and use information and metrics in contemporary practice. They also need to be able to develop business cases for L&D initiatives and solutions based on valid metrics and evidence and what is considered to be good practice. This core unit develops the learners’ knowledge and skills in the research process, including how to conduct critical reviews of the literature. The unit will examine how research can improve understanding, aid decision-making and provide the basis for a change in practice. They will develop their skills in identifying and reviewing data sources, analysing the findings, drawing conclusions and making recommendations for L&D practice.  They will also develop skills in preparing a business report for an L&D solution.

 This unit is suitable for persons who:

  • are working in or are seeking to develop a career in L&D.
  • aim to develop their knowledge, understanding and use of metrics in L&D
  • aim to develop their knowledge and skills in the research process and their confidence in making a business case for an L&D solution.

 Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit, learners will:

  • Know how to scrutinise appropriate learning and development data.
  • Be able to conduct small-scale research in an area of L&D to support a business case.

Unit assessment

To achieve this unit, the evidence the learner presents for assessment must demonstrate that they have met all the learning outcomes and assessment criteria.

Learning outcomes

The learner will:

Assessment criteria

The learner can:

1         Know how to scrutinise appropriate learning and development data. 1.1    Identify the key metrics which measure and inform L&D practice.

1.2    Evaluate a range of primary and secondary L&D data sources.


2         Be able to conduct small-scale research in an area of L&D to support a business case. 2.1    Identify a researchable area of L&D practice.

2.2    Conduct the research, justifying the approach adopted.

2.3    Analyse the research findings.

2.4    Draw conclusions and explain how the data analysis has informed these.

2.5    Assess the limitations of the research conducted.

2.6    Articulate recommendations suitable for inclusion in a business report.


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