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Academies & Institutes

ICF plans and manages professional development academies and institutes designed to give participants the practical and theoretical concepts and skills they need to meet organizational objectives and better serve their clients.

ICF’s academies and institutes serve a wide range of organizations, audiences, and disciplines. We work with public- and private-sector organizations to tailor the content, format, and structure for their designated field and develop curricula based on the latest best practices and prevailing research.

ICF’s academies and institutes deliver multi-day, off-site trainings that include the key components of a successful professional development experience:

  • Audience-tailored—Pre-training assessments ensure appropriate course content and provide a benchmark for clients to evaluate progress.
  • Expertly designed—Courses developed by instructional designers and leading experts in the field helps to ensure participants receive targeted, effective instruction.
  • Multi-modal—Taught by academics, practitioners, and peers, academy courses incorporate a relevant combination of experiential and theoretical instruction that participants can apply directly to their jobs.
  • Workplace applicable—Tactics such as pre-training assessments, multiple post-evaluations, and support from instructors help clients hold participants accountable for applying their new skills in the workplace.