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CIPD Level 5 Associate Core Unit: Evidence-Based Practice

This is one of seven units required for the Associate Diploma in People Management or Organisational L&D

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CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management
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This unit addresses the significance of capturing robust quantitative and qualitative evidence to inform meaningful insight to influence critical thinking. It focuses on analysing evidence through an ethical lens to improve decision-making and how measuring the impact of people practice is essential in creating value.

This is a core unit under the CIPD Associate Diploma in People Management or Organisational Learning and Development. You must complete all 7 units to get certified for the full Diploma.


CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management

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You will develop understanding of the concepts of evidence-based practice and the tools and methods that are applied to diagnose issues, challenges and opportunities. You will explain the principles of critical thinking and assess how different ethical perspectives can influence decision-making. Key insights and analysis tools and methods will be covered, and you will evaluate the benefits, risks and financial implications of solutions aimed at improving people practice issues. Finally, you will measure the impact and value people practice contributions make to organisations, through collation of key findings and scrutiny of key systems and data.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit, learners will:

  • Understand strategies for effective critical thinking and decision-making.
  • Understand the importance of decision-making strategies to solve people practice issues.
  • Be able to measure the impact and value of people practice to the organisation.

Who is this course for?

This unit is suitable for persons who:

  • are aspiring to, or embarking on, a career in people management
  • are working in a people practice role and wish to contribute their knowledge and skills to help shape organisational value
  • are working towards or working in a people manager role


You’ll need a passion for helping and developing others and whilst you don’t need formal qualifications, some HR or line management experience is beneficial. Contact our expert team, who will be happy to offer advice on what is right for you and get you started on developing the knowledge and skills you need to help you on your way to achieving your career ambitions.

Career path

Studying towards the Associate Diploma in People Management or L&D will help raise your credibility as an HR professional. Upon completion of this unit you will have completed one of the units needed to achieve the CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma and upon completion of the Diploma you’ll be awarded CIPD Associate Membership. The full qualification is awarded when all 7 units are completed.

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