Welcome to the Assessment Decision Guide. We developed this guide
as a resource for agencies designing assessment strategies to fill critical
vacancies at all levels. The guide includes information on personnel
assessment, assessment methods, and assessment strategy design.
Sources of Additional Guidance
The information provided in this guide is one source agencies may consult in developing effective assessment strategies. Agencies are also encouraged to consult the resources described below for additional information and guidance on assessment.
- Testing and Assessment: An Employer's Guide to Good Practices.
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) developed this document to assist managers and
human resource professionals in making assessment-related decisions.
This resource is available at http://www.onetcenter.org/guides.html
or in hard copy from the Government Printing Office (GPO Order Desk 202/512-1800,
Stock Number 029-014-00259-3).
Delegated Examining Operations
Handbook: A Guide for Federal Agency Examining Offices. OPM's Delegated
Examining Operations Handbook is a comprehensive document by which OPM
delegates competitive examining authority to agencies under the provisions of 5
U.S.C. 1104, as amended by Public Law 104-52 of 1995. Chapter 2, in
particular, provides further guidance on assessment methods. This Handbook is
located at http://www.opm.gov/deu.
Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures
(29 CFR Part 1607) .
The Guidelines provide a set of
principles for determining proper test use and selection procedures, covering
topics such as test fairness and adverse impact.
You can find the Guidelines (and other Government documents related to the
Guidelines) at http://www.uniformguidelines.com/.
Standards for Educational and
Psychological Testing. The Standards provide information on test development,
use, and evaluation in employment and other assessment settings. More
information can be found on the American Psychological Association's website at
- Principles for the Validation and Use
of Personnel Selection Procedures. The Principles discuss validation research
and personnel selection, specifying principles of good practice in the choice,
development, evaluation, and use of personnel selection procedures. This
resource is available at http://www.siop.org/_Principles/principlesdefault.aspx.
Getting Expert Help
The issues to consider when
selecting or developing an assessment strategy or specific assessment tool are
complex. Measurement specialists can assist in selecting or developing valid,
fair, and effective assessment strategies to meet specific hiring needs. Many
vendors offer professionally-developed assessments. Each agency is responsible
for ensuring assessments meet applicable regulatory and statutory requirements.
Agencies should ensure they develop and maintain the necessary documentation to
support their selection processes.