Digital Assessment Industry Standards 

The ABP has developed a set of standards for digital assessment (accessed here).These standards are proposed to support the industry and present a starting point for further work and discussion. We welcome your comments and suggestions to admin@theabp.org.uk.  Our thanks to Skye Trubov and Alan Bourne for their work on this. 

 

Introduction

Our purpose for proposing these Digital Assessment Industry Standards (DAIS) is to retain the scientific rigour in the design and delivery of assessments, irrespective of platform or delivery mechanism, to ensure a positive candidate and administrator experience. There is a balance between rigour and user experience, so we seek to establish a set of standards and guidelines that are practically viable. Quality is not the only incentive though – ethical and legal concerns also drive the initiative. 

Purpose and rationale

Advancements in technology continue to chart new methods for measurement, as the development of new platforms and delivery mechanisms advances at a rapid rate. The lack of guidance around digital assessments carries a huge risk for the implementation of such unregulated solutions. The psychology community is well-positioned to offer standards of practice and to provide clarity for administrators and suppliers alike. Without standards, the industry may see unfounded claims go unchecked around assessment tools that lack rigour and validity, potentially damaging the reputation and professional work of occupational psychologists and companies that employ such practices. Additionally, ethical and legal implications can transpire without adequate rigour in assessments.  

Psychological assessments must be built around certain scientific principles, but should also be practically viable so that good assessment use can be easily adopted. This initiative seeks to improve a fragmented process which has created vulnerability in the industry and ultimately, aims to improve practices and products in the marketplace. 

Vision, goals for body of work

This will be a living document which is intended to be a scalable and relevant resource. The content within the document and its subsidiary pieces will be digestible and practical to ensure continued use. The information is delivered on an interactive platform for an engaging experience, encouraging an informed decision-making process.