Eligibility

ATD BEST Awards recognize organizations with a strategic commitment to talent development.

Entries submitted must represent information about the entire enterprise. By “enterprise” we mean an entity best described as a business, corporation, limited liability corporation, partnership or wholly-owned subsidiary with its own employees and most critically, its own talent development function.

NEW FOR 2017: The entity can be an association, branch, department, division, government agency, manufacturing site, plant, or corporate university, if talent development efforts are solely focused on that entity.

  • Entities must have 10 or more full time employees in order to apply.
  • You do not need to be an ATD member to apply.

NOTE for Vendors and Suppliers: Vendors and suppliers may apply for BEST Awards under one of these two parameters:

  1. The application reflects the talent development culture and learning initiatives within the organization.
  2. The vendor/supplier partners with a client organization and submits an application under the client organization’s name.

The BEST application is a blind application. Your entry should contain NO mention of the company name or any identifying programs, people, or achievements. Industry will be noted and is important for reviewers to understand. Applications that fail to meet these criteria may be disqualified. Your organization name will be collected as background information separate from your entry form.

Disqualified applications are not eligible for a refund of the application fee.

Evaluation Criteria:

TD BEST Award entries are evaluated by a team of talent development experts. These individuals are practitioners with worldwide expertise and include chief talent development officers and other senior learning leaders.

BEST entries are evaluated on several criteria.

  1. The executive support and role of the talent development function in the organization. Reviewers want to know if talent development is considered a strategic driver and how talent development initiatives drive business results. (15%)
  2. Evidence that developing talent is valued in the culture. Reviewers want to know how learning is delivered and whether employees take advantage of the learning opportunities offered. (15%)
  3. Social learning and innovation. Reviewers are looking for evidence that an organization is on the leading edge of best practices for the talent development profession. (15%)
  4. Evidence of a link between talent development and the performance of the organization. Reviewers expect to see how talent development practices align to organization strategy, how they are measured for effectiveness and efficiency, and what results they are achieving for the business. (50%)
  5. Talent development staffing. (5%)

Application Instructions

  1. Applications are due March 31, 2017.
  2. The entry fee is $150.00. It is payable as the last step in submitting your application online.
  3. The BEST application is a blind application. This means in your entry form there should be NO mention of the company name or any identifying programs, people, or achievements. Applications that fail to meet these criteria may be disqualified.
  4. Organization name and other information will be collected separately.
  5. Most answers have word limits. These are hard-coded into the form and cannot be exceeded.
  6. Ensure no company-identifying information appears in any supporting documents you may upload. This includes the file name of the supporting document.
  7. Words included in uploaded documents do not count toward the total word count for the answer.
  8. Do not include an appendix, addendum, or any supplemental documents with your application beyond the optional uploads noted in the application.
  9. Video links or links to outside websites are not allowed in your entry form.

Disqualified applications are not eligible for a refund of the application fee.