All CIfA projects either deliver research into UK or European 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 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 working practices and training across the sector. The aim of all CIfA activities and projects will continue to be to contribute to one or more of the objectives of 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
- recession planning (in partnership with ALGAO, FAME and others)
- assistance and advice to European colleagues
- the development of models for Workplace Training
- 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 English Heritage's MoRPHE (Management of Research Projects in the Historic Environment) guidelines (PDF file)). Detailed financial reporting on projects is delivered regularly to Council, and can be obtained on request to the Executive committee.
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 Council, members, other archaeologists and stakeholders.