Communications and dissemination of achievements are necessary components for the growth of the CPDI and acceptance of its role by all stakeholders. Lessons learned, decisions made, and research findings must be shared widely. The CPDI would need adequate latitude from not only its board but also its stakeholders to constantly adapt, allowing it to function as a learning system. Without broad communication, the goals of collaboration and integration cannot be met. A strong communications and dissemination plan should therefore be a core function of the CPDI. For example, the research arm of the CPDI could develop and widely distribute a periodic (e.g., quarterly) consensus document about the state of the art of CPD in relation to specific research areas.
Evaluation is also a fundamental component of an institute. Measures of success should be developed by the planning committee to monitor the CPDI’s activities and progress. Feedback on the CPDI’s activities is critical to continuously improving professional development with the aim of better health outcomes.
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