Assessment Designs

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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The ideas behind performance assessment designs are often rooted in a holistic view of the business. By examining how the performance of individual contributors of a business affect larger business concerns, evaluators can make recommendations for businesses backed by hard data. Modern assessment designs often incorporate reliable methods of gathering data as well as scientifically proven methods of statistical analysis.

Employee Survey and Assessment Designs

One of the most common methods of collecting data is through employee surveys. In particular, annual business surveys and program assessment surveys are common. Assessment designs of both types of evaluation often feature concise, succinct questions aimed at both evaluating the specifics of and encouraging dialog and discussion regarding the program or procedure in question.

In general, survey assessment designs are performed over a period of a few weeks, while the survey designers acclimate themselves to the corporate environment and to the specifics of the client company. In most cases, the surveys are administered electronically, and are fully confidential. The designers focus on crafting surveys which are reliable, valid, and have a well-defined business purpose.

After the data is collected, it is analyzed through statistical analysis methods such as multivariate inferential statistics (relating many variables to a single variable) and hierarchical modeling, often with the aid of a computerized analysis tool. Once tabulated, the results can be examined to find the causal relationships between variables, links that can lead to important changes in business organization. Once implemented, the changes often result in an increase of business profitability, employee satisfaction, and motivation.

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