We get contacted quite often by people who are new to using our Appraisal Toolkit and are confused by the PDP section. We've never been completely happy with it and in September we decided to go back to the drawing board. Today we've launched a completely revised way of managing your PDP which will make preparing for your appraisal even easier.
So what's different?
Previously there was one PDP area where you managed both your goals from last year and set goals for the year ahead. This could be quite confusing, particularly as sometimes you might want to continue a PDP item over from last year if you haven't completed it yet.
Now, the process is much clearer, with the PDP section split into two.
Add your PDP goals from your previous appraisal
If you've used FourteenFish before, this is now automatic and any PDP items from your previous appraisal will already be there. If this is your first time using FourteenFish, you'll need to do a quick copy-and-paste excersice from last year's agreed PDP.
Review each of last year's goals
Review each goal, saying whether you've completed it or not. You'll be prompted to add some reflection about the goal, and if you haven't completed it you can choose to carry it forward as a PDP idea for the year ahead.
Add PDP ideas for the year ahead to discuss with your appraiser
Before your appraisal meeting it's a good idea to have some PDP items in mind. You might decide to only take a couple of these forward, and in your appraisal meeting you'll work with your appraiser to work on your agreed PDP.
PDP ideas should ideally be SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-related
There is guidance on the system about writing SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-related) so that you have more chance of achieving your goals and being able to demonstrate that you've done this.
What if I'm part way through my appraisal preparation?
If you are part way through preparing for your appraisal then the existing PDP goals you've set will be automatically converted into the new format. Everything you've entered so far will still be there, just arranged slightly differently.
You should still have a quick look through the PDP section before submitting it to your appraiser, just to make sure everything is correct.
Feel free to Contact Us if you have any questions at all and we'd be very happy to help!