A Strategy for Selecting a Worth Assessment Technique
WISCONSIN UNIV MADISON
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A variety of techniques exist for evaluating and assessing subjective worth. The present paper develops and presents a strategy for selecting the most appropriate worth assessment technique for a given situation. A three-round Delphi procedure was used to systematically solicit and collate informed judgments from practitioners and experts in the field of worth assessment. The first Delphi questionnaire identified 41 factors influencing the selection and successful use of worth assessment techniques. The second questionnaire was used to determine the relative importance of the 41 factors identified in the first round of the Delphi. Ten composite factors, four dichotomous and six continuous, were developed which appeared to account for the 41 factors and their relative weights. The third Delphi questionnaire was used to develop a profile for 9 different worth assessment techniques on the 6 continuous factors. A 3-step strategy, based on the 10 composite factors, was developed for selecting a specific worth assessment technique for a given situation. The strategy developed for selecting a worth assessment technique should serve to increase the successful application of worth assessment to specific situations, such as occur in the appraisal of intelligence information.