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  • Campbell Elton

What is evidence-based recognition?

One of the really common questions we receive is what is evidence or what can I use as evidence to prove that I have the skills and knowledge for a particular task.


One of the best ways to think about it is tracking things that you do on a daily, weekly or monthly basis that demonstrates you can lead and manage the work of others.


A great example of that is team meetings. So everything about the team meeting and you arranging the team meeting is the evidence. So typically we might send out an email to the participants within that email. We might have an agenda, whether it be bullet points or an attached Word document. That email and the agenda and the attached document is all great evidence to demonstrate that you can set up a meeting in between that original email and the meeting itself. You might send another email clarifying things that are all great evidence as well.

The meeting itself so often now, it might be on an online platform. So a screenshot of that online platform like Zoom or Teams or Skype whatever it is, a screenshot of that or a recording with permission of that meeting itself is great evidence as well, showing that you're leading the meeting. And then, of course, you'll take notes in that meeting and then distribute those notes often in the form of action items to the participants of the meeting.


So whatever form that takes whether that's just within an email whether that is within a separate Word document or PDF or whatever format that is those action items who's responsible when they must do it by all of that, that is great evidence as well.


Now just one word on privacy. Because we're talking about meetings here with others, now, of course as leaders and managers will be dealing with other people and can often commercial in confidence information. Now, of course, we're not interested in who those participants are Mandy or Bob. It's really participant A; participant B so feel welcome to redact or remove any identifying information. Of course, the content the information itself is valuable.


We can't just use a template. A template doesn't demonstrate two-way communication, or you are communicating with influence to others.


So, in summary, typical types of evidence, are things that you do on an everyday daily basis, thinking about what you do and capturing that in this case. It was the meeting the lead-up to the meeting the emails, the meeting itself, the notes, the action items. A screenshot of the meeting and then the follow-up for the meeting sending an email out to the participants with the action items.


So there you have it.


Some typical useful kinds of evidence for leadership and management qualifications through Recognition of Prior Learning.