The Professional Development Foundation
The Professional Development Foundation was created as a network of practitioners and academics in 1975 to:
- Share effective practice
- Jointly research shared concerns
- Influence government or public agendas
- Develop quality standards for professional practice
- Generate leading edge understanding of issues affecting professional and organisational development
It operates through:
- Knowledge networks of people and organisations with shared interests
- Research forums and partnerships
- Global corporate and university exchanges
It is a recognised institution for the development of work-based postgraduate awards and research. Through its partner institutions it creates tailored work-based accreditation within organisations and for professional groups. It currently provides practitioner based Masters and Doctorate programmes on three continents.
All research by the Professional Development Foundation is independent and is shared with members and, where appropriate, published. Members are free to use the results of the research. Specific applications are also developed through the PDF.Net Centres of Excellence.
The Professional Development Foundation was established as a company, limited by guarantee in 1988. It still exists as a non-profit making trust underpinning and providing extensive IPR to PDF.Net.