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In this month's issue

  • What's new?
  • ARTICLE: Creating Assessments connected to Performance management using a JOB PERFORMANCE WHEEL
  • TRAINING GAME: Introducing Assessment Principles
  • Public Training Schedule


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Creating Assessments connected to Performance management using a JOB PERFORMANCE WHEEL

The challenge to encourage real and practical assessments in the workplace seems to many to be insurmountable! This short article has been written to encourage both assessors and managers to make the "mind jump" towards using assessment principles and evidence rules in everyday job performance - thus creating the true value of assessing against a standard!

There are different types of problems and they are not all training problems, that is they cannot all be solved by learning, but by Coaching and on the job Performance measurement. By using the job performance wheel we can distinguish between the different types of problems. This indicates different areas of performance which can be assessed using the "conduct outcomes based assessment" methodology:

This is just a shortened version to illustrate the methodology.


When assessing job performance, not only should we be taking the job title into consideration (as these are often extremely misleading!), we also need some form of benchmark with which to measure the performance itself - e.g. Standards (usually called SOP's) and Measurement, Conditions, Capacity and Knowledge and Skills. Only then can we measure what is supposed to be measured.


Incentive should be connected to consistent good performance. However, this can only be evidenced if assessments are continuous.


The definition of neither disadvantaging nor advantaging someone clearly defines the principle of assessment, but also the spokes of the job performance wheel. Feedback, incentives, measurement, conditions and standards all relate to this definition!

On so we can continue....

TRAINING GAME: Introducing Assessment Principles

Objective: Introduce the emotions (usually negative) connected to assessments.

Resource: Scrap paper, colour pens/pencils

Players: Small to large groups

Give each learner a piece of paper and some colour pencils. Ask them to draw a house. Give no other instructions and be vague if you are asked for any specific requirements.

Give the learners 3 minutes. Get them to write their names on their drawings and hand them to another learner.

Now instruct them to "mark" the houses using the following criteria:

  • 5 marks for a roof
  • 5 marks for a minimum of 5 windows
  • 5 marks for a pathway leading to the door
  • 5 marks for a cat in the window
  • Minus 20 marks if the house does not have written labels.

The group will be up in arms and this leads beautifully a discussion of the principles of assessment!


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