Participants Needed for Office of Fire Marshal Study

IPMA-HR is currently seeking participants for a nationwide Office of Fire Marshal/Office of Fire Prevention study. This study is the first step in the development of a new Fire Marshal Test. The first part of the study involves surveying current members of the Office of Fire Prevention to learn about the important duties and demands of their job.

Examples of applicable positions include, but are not limited to: Fire Marshal, Fire/Arson Investigator, Premise Officer, Deputy Fire Marshal, Fire Prevention Officer, Fire Inspector, and Code Enforcement Officer.

If you or someone you know holds one of the above positions or a similar position, we would greatly value your input in developing our newest test series.

Participants will be entered into a raffle with a $500 prize! Participating agencies will also receive a 15% discount toward a future IPMA-HR assessment product purchase. Interested parties can use the following link to participate:

 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FireMarshal

Questions can be emailed to our Research Associate, Julia Hind-Smith, at jsmith@ipma-hr.org.

Test Response Data Collection Form Update

We have recently made several changes to the layout of the blue Test Response Data Collection Form that is included with every test order.

What’s changed?

To more efficiently collect data for test validation studies, we have updated our Test Response Data Form to not only collect score and demographic data, but also collect candidate identification data (e.g. candidate name, candidate ID number). Continue reading

RFP for Entry-level Police Officer Selection Test Due Date Extended to September 15

The International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR) invites fixed-price proposals from qualified consulting firms to develop a multiple-choice entry-level police officer selection test for its stock testing service.

This includes the creation of an exam plan from the job analysis data collected by IPMA-HR, and the utilization of questions from IPMA-HR’s test item bank. The consulting firm chosen is expected to conduct a criterion-based validation study that includes having participating police departments administer the test to incumbents and gathering performance evaluation ratings to statistically show that the test predicts performance on the job. This also includes a test item analysis to select the final test questions, criterion validation statistics, and a fairness analysis.

The firm is expected to prepare validation study materials and assist in getting police departments to participate by making calls and sending correspondence. Further, the firm will prepare a technical report summarizing the steps taken during the test development and validation study project.

Proposals are due by September 15, 2017, 5:00 PM, ET.

Learn more about the full scope of the project and obtain contact information on our website. Continue reading

Request for Proposals for the Creation of an Entry-level Police Officer Selection Test

The International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR) invites fixed-price proposals from qualified consulting firms to develop a multiple-choice entry-level police officer selection test for its stock testing service.

This includes the creation of an exam plan from the job analysis data collected by IPMA-HR, and the utilization of questions from IPMA-HR’s test item bank. The consulting firm chosen is expected to conduct a criterion-based validation study that includes having participating police departments administer the test to incumbents and gathering performance evaluation ratings to statistically show that the test predicts performance on the job. This also includes a test item analysis to select the final test questions, criterion validation statistics, and a fairness analysis.

The firm is expected to prepare validation study materials and assist in getting police departments to participate by making calls and sending correspondence. Further, the firm will prepare a technical report summarizing the steps taken during the test development and validation study project.

Proposals are due by July 31, 2017, 5:00 PM, ET.

Learn more about the full scope of the project and obtain contact information on our website. Continue reading

Entry-Level Firefighter Test (Discounts Available!)

Has your agency previously administered any of the tests from IPMA-HR’s Entry-Level Firefighter (FF-EL) series?

If you answered ‘yes’ to this question, then we need your help!

IPMA-HR is gathering the test scores received by current firefighters who took the FF-EL test to better understand how the tests are currently performing.

What We’ll Need from You:

  • Firefighter’s FF-EL 100-, 200-, and/or 300-series test scores between 1994 and 2016.
  • Fire Academy score (if applicable)
  • Completion of a 9-question web-based performance evaluation

What You’ll Receive from Us:

  • $100 off your agency’s next test order
  • Direct evidence supporting the validity of the exam and its use in your agency
  • Hire better. High quality tests help you select high-quality candidates, saving your agency the costly expense of turnover.
  • And it’s free! A test development and validation project of this scale done internally could cost your agency in excess of $100,000. Participation in our test development projects is free.

Please contact Julia Hind-Smith at jsmith@ipma-hr.org if you would like to learn more and/or participate in this project.

(Please Note: All information gathered for this study will remain strictly confidential.  The data gathered will be combined with data from other departments and only be reported in the form of group statistics.)

Big Help Deserves Big Rewards

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Help IPMA-HR with the criterion-related validation phase of our new public safety telecommunicator (PST) test, and you’ll not only be helping to ensure the continued availability of the most reliable, valid and fair tests in the industry, but you and your department will also receive the following rewards:

  • 30% off your agency’s next test order.
  • $75 VISA gift card for each participant.
  • A snack basket for participants to share after the test.
  • $50 Applebee’s gift card for the test administrator.
  • Direct evidence supporting the validity of the exam and its use in your agency.

Learn more about the new test, the validation phase and how you can help on our website.

Providing you with tests you can trust is our priority. But we can’t do it without you. Go online today to learn more and fill out a participation form for your agency.

Please Note: Our desired deadline for wrapping up the validation phase of this study is the end of October 2016, so please get in touch soon!

We need writers!

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Are you well-versed in the world of assessment? Need an outlet through which to share your plethora of knowledge? Seeking opportunities to flex your writing muscle? Want your own byline? Look no further! IPMA-HR is looking for paid contributors to the Assessment Services Review: the official blog of the Assessment Services Department. We want to offer our readers fresh perspectives, experienced commentary, and cutting edge news from our world. Your level of commitment is up to you: write one, two … or 12 entries a year — and get paid to do it!

Interested? Please send an email to Andrey Pankov at apankov@ipma-hr.org

Get Your Organization Involved in a Research Study!

The Research Department at IPMA-HR is gearing up for a new research study and we need your organization’s help.  Participation in the study is free!

Study’s Objective:

The online survey will be conducted with public sector employees from all generations.  The study’s main objective is to determine similarities and differences that exist across the generations related to employment values.  Most importantly, results from the study will provide for our members information on what is key to recruit and retain different generations of public sector staff.

Organization’s Profile:

Our aim is to have participants in this study whose organizations have a workforce comprised of close to 10% millennials (Born 1981-1997; ages 19 to 35) or more.

Your Reward for Participating:

  • You will receive a free copy of the report of findings.
  • You will also receive a free copy of your organization’s results
  • In addition, for free, you can add a custom question to the survey.

Please, contact Melissa Paluch at mpaluch@ipma-hr.org by April 11th if you are interested in participating. Don’t hesitate, as slots are filling up quickly!

IPMA-HR Consortium Testing …Save Time and Money

Do you want to save money and time administering IPMA-HR’s entry-level and promotional tests?

As the demand for online testing increases, we want to stay ahead of the curve and offer you the most cost and time efficient options available.  IPMA-HR is considering the development of consortium testing and would like your feedback on the process.

Consortium testing is, in essence, a centralized test center located within a region that can administer IPMA-HR tests to large groups. The results are then offered to several departments for review. The advantage of a consortium is twofold: candidates only need to take one test, and departments find cost savings while still maintaining high standards in finding the right people for open positions.

Consortium testing . . .

Is an alternative for administrative and budget-conscious departments, gathering together a large group of candidates across multiple departments for testing purposes.

  • Is done at a local community college or other IPMA-HR approved test site.
  • Is administered by an approved IPMA-HR representative.
  • Handles test administration for multiple departments at the same time, saving money and time for candidates and administrators.

Check out the FAQs for additional information.

Please take the quick Consortium Testing Interest Survey so we can gauge interest in this new administration service.

Thank you!