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STAT 217

Professional Development Opportunities

Full Report


The purpose of this investigation was to understand the opportunities for professional development within the organization.

This report will discuss the following:

Employee desire to obtain professional development

Costs of professional development

Employee professional development delivery preference

Data Sources

Three data sources were considered for this presentation:

Employee Survey to Determine Desirability of Professional Development

Cost of Professional Development per Employee for various lengths

Employee Survey to Determine Professional Development delivery preference

Data: Desirability Survey

Either Ordinal (item level) or Interval Data (total)

Survey deployed to 50 participants

Score determined by totaling 10 item scores on survey

For each item, participants could add between 1 and 7 point to their score total (Ranging from Strongly Disagree to Strongly Agree)

Maximum score: 70, Minimum Score: 10

Higher scores suggest professional development is more desired

Desirability Statistical Analysis: Descriptive

Population (N) Mean (95% CI) Median Mode Standard Deviation
Managers (21) 60.52 (4.23) 60 70 9.28
Employees (29) 52.79 (5.90) 57 68 15.52


Data was represented visually

Statistical analysis completed for Desirability Survey

Descriptive statistics

Inferential test (t-test)

Desirability Statistical Analysis: Inferential

Question: Is desirability of professional development different between managers and employees?

H0: µM-µE = 0

H1: µM-µE ≠ 0

Non-directional (two tailed), independent samples t-test, ꭤ = 0.05

t = 2.01, df=48, p = 0.048

Reject the null hypothesis.

Employee and Manager Desirability scores are different.

Managers have greater desirability for professional development than Employees.

Visual Representation: Desirability Survey

Summary & Discussion

Employees and Managers express desirability for professional development, though Managers express greater levels of desirability.

The hourly cost per person for professional development decreases as hours increase. However, this decrease is not very much and probably should not impact considerations strongly.

The majority of participants prefer in person, synchronous professional development

When planning professional development, Managers should be prioritized