All CIfA projects either deliver research into professional practice, or are directed towards the promotion of workplace learning and professional development. These projects, their outputs and the ideas they generate, are intended to support our advocacy, provide benefits to members and to further the development of the archaeological profession.
The Institute will continue to seek funding for this kind of research, to help us improve deliver the objectives in our Strategic Plan.
The Institute does not rely on projects for funds to deliver its regular services to members, but project surpluses do enable the Institute to invest in initiatives that serve members interests when required. In recent years these have included
- the development of a proposal to introduce Chartered Archaeologist
- assistance and advice to European colleagues
- the development of models for Workplace Training, apprenticeships and accreditation of degrees
- the campaign to promote CPD among professional archaeologists
All CIfA projects are run in accordance with professional standards for project management (based on Prince 2 and Historic England' MoRPHE (Management of Research Projects in the Historic Environment) guidelines. Detailed financial reporting on projects is delivered regularly to CIfA's management team and reported to the Board of Directors.
In our Strategic Plan for 2020 (PDF file), we commit to continual review of the range of projects we are involved with through consultation with Advisory Council, members, other archaeologists and stakeholders.