DESIGN AND FLEET TRIAL OF AN AUTOMATED PERFORMANCE EVALUATION FORM FOR CHIEF PETTY OFFICERS.
NAVAL PERSONNEL RESEARCH ACTIVITY SAN DIEGO CALIF
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Analysis of the distribution of marks on the operational Enlisted Performance Evaluation Form NAVPERS 792 has indicated that Chief Petty Officers CPOs--the top three enlisted Pay Grades, E-789 were uniformly graded so high that the usefulness of the marks to advancement or assignment boards was seriously impaired. Additionally, since the operational form was not amenable to machine processing, serious delays in monitoring evaluation marks have been experienced. The development of a new automated Optical Mark Reader type evaluation report tailored to the CPO group was undertaken to correct these problems. Five experimental versions of a newly designed CPO Evaluation Form, and a User Evaluators Reaction Questionnaire, were administered in a field trial. The format most effective in discriminating various levels of performance, and the instructions and procedures necessary for smooth operational implementation of the new automated form were derived from the analysis of the field trial data. All five experimental forms provided distributions substantially more discriminating than had been provided by the operational form. There were significant differences among the five forms themselves. As a result of the analysis a number of recommended design and format features were incorporated in a new form which has been made operational. In spite of some short-comings, comparative peer group evaluation scale terminology was found to be superior to absolute evaluation scale terminology when evaluating individuals of the high quality, leader-type CPO GROUP Author
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations