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Dr Kamal Birdi wins prestigious award

Dr Kamal Birdi of the University of Sheffield’s Institute of Work Psychology has received top honours from the Division of Occupational Psychology (DOP).  The award, for Academic Contribution to Practice, recognises the excellence of Dr Birdi’s ‘TOTADO’ (Taxonomy of Training and Development Outcomes) a classification and evaluation system for the quality of training and provision within organisations. The award – made for the first time this year –  aims to recognise, promote and publicise individuals who have contributed substantially to the strong evidence base that Occupational Psychologists rely on to do their work in the field.

Dr Birdi has been based at the Institute of Work Psychology in Sheffield since 1991 and registered as a chartered occupational psychologist since 1999.  Over the last 19 years he has focused on conducting in-depth research into two key areas, workplace learning and creativity/innovation, and has striven to translate research findings into better practice for organisations, policy makers and the public.

Durng work on his PhD, focused on assessing and identifying the factors influencing training and development effectiveness, Dr Birdi developed his training evaluation framework, TOTADO.  Since 2000, Kamal has been using TOTADO as a means of helping practitioners develop their evaluation strategies.

On hearing he had received the award Dr Birdi said ‘ I am very honoured to receive this award from the Occupational Psychology community in the UK.  Of course, it would not have been possible without the collective efforts of my colleagues here at the Institute of Work Psychology so I must also thank them.  I have always believed in bridging the scientist-practitioner divide and I hope that recognition like this award will encourage my peers to engage with such worthwhile endeavours’.

The award will be made at the British Medical Association (BMA), Euston, London on the evening of 28 October 2010.

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