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88 ORGANIZATIONS Many of the organizations listed here have research and pub- lications that are available without charge. Most also have a membership fee, which then provides access to a much broader range of research, publications, and member services. American Council on Education http://www.acenet.edu/AM/Template.cfm?Section=CPA The American Council on Education website has a wide vari- ety of resources, including a Center for Policy Analysis that conducts research and analysis on education issues and an excellent set of on-line resources including a library of white papers and other research on distance learning. Although the focus is primarily higher education, much of the research on learning is applicable to the practical applications useful to state departments of transportation (DOTs). American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) www.astd.org ASTD is the most prominent of the professional organiza- tions for continuous learning information. ASTD is also a source of information about on-line or e-learning. American Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) www.shrm.org SHRM is the best of the professional organizations dealing with private-sector human resources issues. They have a wonderful research department that does cutting edge human resource research. Brookings Institute www.brookings.edu The Bookings Institute is a nonprofit organization that has a wealth of research and knowledge about public policy issues, including human resources management. Cranfield University School of Management www.som.cranfield.ac.uk/som/ Cranfield is a leading British university that has cutting-edge research on international human resources issues. Council for Excellence in Government www.excelgov.org/ Works to improve the performance of American government and governmentâs place in the lives and esteem of U.S. citizens and others around the world. E-Learning Guild www.elearningguild.com This is a website that provides resources, research, a com- munity of practice, and other information and events for those interested in e-learning issues. Governing.com http://governing.com/govlinks/glassn.htm This website provides a list of a number of public profes- sional organizations with a state government focus and serves as the on-line supplement to Governing.comâs state and local government sourcebook. Human Resources Institute (HRI) www.hri.org HRI is a consortium of several hundred private-sector firms that pool their resources to conduct research on human resource issues that are expected to confront organizations several years in the future. It is a wonderful resource for iden- tifying future issues of concern to organizations. International Society for Performance Improvement www.ispi.org This organization focuses on human performance technol- ogy and workplace performance. It provides highly regarded training courses, has established a variety of related communities of practices, and makes available research and other resources for training professionals and others interested in human performance technology issues and practices. National Academy of Public Administration www.napawash.org The Academyâs Center for Human Resources Management is one of the best of the nonprofit organizations doing research on public-sector human resource issues. This site also provides access to general management studies, envi- ronmental studies, organization performance improvement studies, and the like. National Association of Government Training and Development http://www.nagtad.org/nagtad/index.htm This organization is a source of information for federal, state, and local training and development professionals to learn about what is occurring nationwide and to locate or validate best practices. National Association of State Personnel Executives (NASPE) www.naspe.org The NASPE is the professional organization of state Directors of Human Resources. This site provides excellent research and APPENDIX E Additional Resources
89 information on human capital issues of interest to state governments. Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) www.oecd.org The OECD is a leading researcher on international human resources issues around the world. Partnership for 21st Century Skills http://www.21stcenturyskills.org/ The Partnership for 21st Century Skills is an advocacy orga- nization that identifies and advocates the integration of certain skill areas needed for the 21st century. Although their focus is broader than the workplace, the database on 21st century skills and their publications is useful for the practi- cal applications needed by state DOTs. Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) www.ccl.org/index.shtml The CCL is an international, nonprofit educational institu- tion. Through our research, it is developing models of man- agerial practice. Conference Board www.conference-board.org/ The Conference Board creates and disseminates knowledge about management and the marketplace to help businesses strengthen their performance and better serve their cus- tomers. It also provides information on consumer confi- dence, leading economic indicators, and the Consumer Confidence Index. Sloan Consortium http://www.sloan-c.org/ The Sloan Consortium is a consortium of institutions and organizations âcommitted to quality on-line learning.â It publishes The Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks and the Sloan-C series of books about on-line education. U.S. Department of Education http://www.ed.gov/rschstat/landing.jhtml?src=ln The U.S. Department of Education has an extensive elec- tronic library of education research and statistics, including a significant number of articles on e-learning. U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) www.gao.gov The GAO is the U.S. governmentâs auditor. It provides reports on agency and program performance. It is an excel- lence source of information on human capital management, organizational and individual performance management, metrics, and similar topics. U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) www.gsa.gov The GSA is a U.S. government agency that leads the gov- ernmentâs telework and mobile office research and best practices. It also provides information about technology needed to establish telework and mobile offices. U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) www.opm.gov The OPM is the U.S. federal governmentâs central human capital management authority. The website has information on every human capital management topic.