Design Of Assessments

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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The design of assessments, especially business and corporate assessments, must be performed meticulously to standards that adhere to both government regulations and individual business metrics. Because the job action recommendations that result from performance and program assessments generally affect the well-being of both the business as a whole and of individual employees, special care must be taken to insure the recommendations are reliable, dependable, and valid.

Three Main Components of the Design of Assessments

Though the design of assessments varies for every company that is being assessed, the evaluations must fulfill three main requisites. Firstly, as mentioned above, the results of the assessment must be reliable. By using different types of statistical modeling (multivariate inferential statistics and hierarchical modeling), many assessment companies help insure the results of the assessment are duplicable across the company.

The design of assessments also usually includes proof of the assessment's validity. As required by law, business assessments of many companies that affect job placement (hiring, firing, promotion, and demotion) must meet strict quality standards. Some companies even guarantee the validity of their work as able to meet the stringent performance metrics of some of the most demanding businesses.

Lastly, assessments must be designed as being functional business utilities. They must have well-defined and specific business standards that fulfill strict business functions. By defining the scope of the assessment during the design stage, the evaluation company can produce succinct, actionable business recommendations as part of the assessment results.


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