Research on Utilization of Assessment Results and Methods
Final rept. Oct 1973-Jul 1974
HUMAN RESOURCES RESEARCH ORGANIZATION ALEXANDRIA VA
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This report describes research concerned with potential utilization of assessment center results and methods within the U.S. Army. The work consisted of four separate tasks. In the first task, curricula of the U.S. Army Infantry School were analyzed to determine their relevance to the various leadership dimensions that are assessed by the USAIS Assessment Center and to identify ways in which assessment results can be used to plan curriculum development and individualized remedial instruction. In the second task, assessment center techniques were analyzed to determine their potential for adaptation as leadership training methods. Then, two methods, the In Basket Exercise and the Controlled Simulation, were incorporated into a leadership training program. A pilot test revealed that, when accompanied by appropriate conceptual material, the exercises are effective for improving leadership knowledge and skills. In the third task, a program for training assessors was developed. The program was designed to teach military personnel the skills required to perform observation and recording activities within a variety of performance testing contexts. A pilot test revealed that the program is effective for training military personnel in fundamentals of personnel assessment. The fourth task involved development of a model for use in designing assessment exercises. The result was a 12-step model which assists exercise designers to consider and cope with situational and test factors that impact upon the behavior of assesses.
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