Dr Kamal Birdi of the University of Sheffield’s Institute of Work Psychology has received top honours from the BPS 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.
During 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 usingTOTADO as a means of helping practitioners develop their evaluation strategies.
The award will be made at the British Medical Association (BMA), Euston, London on the evening of 28 October 2010.