Relationships among Factors in New Officer Effectiveness Report System.
Final rept. 15 Dec 75-30 Apr 78,
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To investigate the operating characteristics of performance factors and the Evaluation of Potential rating in the new Officer Effectiveness Report system, an analysis of controlled Effectiveness Reports for 9,230 lieutenant colonel ratees was carried out. The purpose of the study was to determine whether the variance of any of the performance factors was so restricted that the performance factor would not provide useful information in the rating process. Additionally, it was of interest to determine to what extent performance factor ratings are related to ratings on Evaluation of Potential and whether any of the performance factors could be eliminated from the system because they do not contribute significantly to the Evaluation of Potential. The results show that each of the 10 performance factors has a mean rating of over 4.4 on a five-point scale. More than 63 percent of all performance factor ratings are in the top block, Well Above Standard, and 23 percent in the Above Standard block. The variability on each factor is about equal. The deletion of no single performance factor from the rating system can be justified because of insufficient variance. The performance factors intercorrelated moderately among themselves and with the Evaluation of Potential rating. Taken in combination, an optimally weighted sum of performance factor ratings account for 45 percent of variance in Evaluation of Potential ratings. No single performance factor made a significant independent contribution to this level of prediction. It appears that rates could provide Evaluation of Potential ratings of the same quality if one or a small subset of performance factors were deleted from the system. Author