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Assessment Services Review

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.

Check out some recent posts from the ASR below or visit the blog directly at http://asr.ipma-hr.org. You can also view the ASR archives from before its current blog format.


2017-Oct-18

Joint Agency Police Promotional Assessment Centers: An Opportunity for Interagency Cooperation

The current fiscal environment for many law enforcement agencies requires innovative change in practices and procedures.  While we may not be facing the stark challenges of retrenchment budgeting that were common in the 1980s, today many of us have insufficient budgets to achieve all that we seek to accomplish. A joint agency promotional assessment center may enable multiple agencies to realize the benefits of the assessment center at a substantial cost savings.

Background Brief

Human Resource Management costs are significant in public policing.  As a rule of thumb 70-90% of any law enforcement agency’s budget is committed to some aspect of Human Resource Management (HRM).  These costs have been predicted to grow in the future as a result of any number of factors.  But a common factor in any HRM cost equation is the identification, selection and retention of competent and capable supervisors and managers.

Across the nation, several law enforcement agencies have...

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2017-Sep-22

Participants Needed for Entry-Level Firefighter Test Study (Discounts Available!)

IPMA-HR is in the final stretch of finishing up the validation study on our entry-level firefighter (FF-EL) test series, but we still need your help!  We are seeking a few more agencies who have administered a test from the FF-EL series to provide us the scores received by firefighters who were selected for the job.

Once we’ve received these test scores from you, we ask that each firefighter’s supervisor complete a brief 9-question performance evaluation.  This will allow us to see whether our tests from the FF-EL series continue to be successful in predicting on-the-job performance.

For your help, you will receive $100 off your agency’s next IPMA-HR assessment order.  In addition, your participation in this project will provide direct evidence supporting the validity of these exams and their use in your agency.

If you would like to participate, please visit the following link to provide your test scores:

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2017-Sep-12

Should We Be Gamifying Our Assessments?

For this month’s blog, I will look at what is one of the hottest questions in private and public-sector personnel selection – “Should we be gamifying our assessments?” In my opinion, the answer is “Yes!” and I will take this blog to explain why.

“Gamification” falls within the larger topic of “how should I incorporate emerging technologies into my assessment strategies.” Now, one might legitimately ask how it is that someone who started doing math on a slide rule can claim to be an expert on emerging technologies. I will simply remind you that Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Paul Allen, Bill Gates, and I were born at roughly the same time. So, despite huge differences in our net worth, we do share a similar generational zeitgeist.

What Does Gamifying Mean?

Gamifying is one type of Technology Enhanced Assessment (TEA). Related types of TEA include:

  • games (so obviously there is a difference between games and gamifying).
  • enhanced...
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2017-Aug-24

Participants Needed for Office of Fire Marshal Study

IPMA-HR is currently seeking participants for a nationwide Office of Fire Marshal/Office of Fire Prevention study. This study is the first step in the development of a new Fire Marshal Test. The first part of the study involves surveying current members of the Office of Fire Prevention to learn about the important duties and demands of their job.

Examples of applicable positions include, but are not limited to: Fire Marshal, Fire/Arson Investigator, Premise Officer, Deputy Fire Marshal, Fire Prevention Officer, Fire Inspector, and Code Enforcement Officer.

If you or someone you know holds one of the above positions or a similar position, we would greatly value your input in developing our newest test series.

Participants will be entered into a raffle with a $500 prize! Participating agencies will also receive a 15% discount toward a future IPMA-HR assessment product purchase. Interested...

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2017-Aug-23

Test Response Data Collection Form Update

We have recently made several changes to the layout of the blue Test Response Data Collection Form that is included with every test order.

What’s changed?

To more efficiently collect data for test validation studies, we have updated our Test Response Data Form to not only collect score and demographic data, but also collect candidate identification data (e.g. candidate name, candidate ID number). Continue Reading →

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2017-Aug-16

Are Tests Valid for Public Safety Jobs?

Number 4 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?” In response, I decided to do a series of articles aimed to inform, but also designed to keep things simple. The blogs in this series were intended to cover:

  1. What are the characteristics of a good test?
  2. What are some authoritative references human resource and assessment professionals can rely upon in evaluating the worthiness of tests?
  3. What is validity?
  4. Finally...
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2017-Aug-10

RFP for Entry-level Police Officer Selection Test Due Date Extended to September 15

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...

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2017-Aug-1

New Assessment Products Catalog Available Now!

We’re pleased to announce the release of our new Assessment Products Catalog! Here you’ll find descriptions of all our testing products — including some new ones! Download your FREE copy or view the PDF online here.