Evidence-Based vs. Validated

Almost everything is evidence-based these days. Rarely do I come across a training program that’s been validated. Why? Because research is time consuming, expensive, and frankly, difficult. Last year, the New Little Hoover Commission released a report advocating for police agencies to require validation, or proof of efficacy, for training courses. We couldn’t agree more.

Validating a training course means:

  1. There are specific, measurable learning outcomes that need to be met.
  2. The curriculum has been developed specifically for the audience receiving the training.
  3. The design of the course meets adult learning standards.
  4. The quantitative and qualitative data supports the specific learning outcomes.

In short, a validated training course is not only evidence-based, it is also proven to do what it claims it will do.

Navigating Adversity has been tested and published on since 2015. Each measurement cycle reveals more about what’s working and what needs adjusted. In fact, our research revealed a need for audience-specificity well beyond the broad public safety umbrella. That’s why we have a different course for law enforcement than we do for 911 professional and a completely separate learning experience for firefighters. The model that guides the curriculum is the same because it’s been proven to work in all audiences. The delivery content is what’s different.

Law Enforcement experiences are unique from firefighter experiences. And both are unique from the 911 professional’s. So, why would a wellness training course lump everyone together?

If it’s validated, it wouldn’t.

Know your venders. Understand their content. Insist on validated training courses. Otherwise, you’re bringing in resources that might make people feel better in the moment, but struggle once the “new” wears off.

Dr. T