The Assessment Services Review is the official newsletter of the Assessment Services Department. We aim to bring you information and news relating to topics that are important to those people who work in the fields of employee selection, along with announcements from the department regarding new products, updates to existing products and exciting opportunities to help us develop validated and effective employment tests that will serve the public safety community for years to come.
The International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR) invites fixed-price proposals from qualified consulting firms to develop a multiple-choice entry-level police officer selection test for its stock testing service.
This includes the creation of an exam plan from the job analysis data collected by IPMA-HR, and the utilization of questions from IPMA-HR’s test item bank. The consulting firm chosen is expected to conduct a criterion-based validation study that includes having participating police departments administer the test to incumbents and gathering performance evaluation ratings to statistically show that the test predicts performance on the job. This also includes a test item analysis to select the final test questions, criterion validation statistics, and a fairness analysis.
The firm is expected to...Continue Reading
The idea for this primer series germinated from a simple question – “Could you do an article looking at the validity of tests used in public safety assessment?” In response, I decided to do a series of articles aimed to inform, but also intended to keep things simple. The blogs in this series are intended to cover:
In small and medium sized law enforcement agencies, opportunities for promotion are periodic at best. Often years will pass before another promotional opportunity is available. It is in our professional best interest as leaders to prepare as many qualified individuals as possible for the next promotional opportunity.
In policing, a promotion is not only a personal and professional accomplishment, but a very public marker of a heathy organization. Promotions are indicative of change and with change can come growth. But there is risk in every promotional process. We select those for promotion through any one of several promotion processes with the singular goal of identifying those best prepared to assume the role and responsibility of the next higher rank.
But a question that must be considered is – and then what? Routinely that individual selected for promotion begins an orientation and onboarding process for his/her new role in the organization. But what about...Continue Reading
Part 1 in the Validity of Public Safety Assessments Series
The idea for this primer series germinated from a simple question – “Could you do an article looking at the validity of tests used in public safety assessment.” As my forgiving readership already knows, I have trouble containing my thoughts to a single entry. So, as I began to frame out how I would respond to the question of the validity of public safety assessments, the amount of material I wanted to cover started to grow exponentially. At some point, I decided it would be best to start from the beginning with a series of primers on topics related to validity, building up to an answer to the question of “what is the validity of public safety assessments.”
So now this blog will be the first in a series looking at this question. Over a series of articles aimed to inform, but also intended to keep things simple, I will cover: