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
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 email@example.com 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.)
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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.
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 email@example.com by April 11th if you are interested in participating. Don’t hesitate, as slots are filling up quickly!
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.
With IPMA-HR’s new job board, Public Safety Compass, you’ll get up to four times better response than the leading national job board.
- Reach more local job seekers than any other site.
- Expose your ad across hundreds of targeted niche sites with one single posting.
- Find active and passive job seekers who qualify for your job.
- Save time in the hiring process with proprietary job matching technology.
- Leverage the power of social networks in your hiring.
- Access local and national résumé databases at no extra charge.
- Use an Applicant Tracking System.
Learn more about the largest recruitment ad network of job sites in North America at: jobs.publicsafetycompass.com
Please note the following price changes that have taken effect immediately related to IPMA-HR’s Assessment Products:
- While we continue to offer free shipping via UPS Ground, our rush shipping fee has increased from $20 plus 10% of the order total to $20 plus 15% of the order total.
- If you utilize our scoring service through the University of Maryland, the base fee for that service has increased from $40 to $50. The $0.50 per candidate fee remains the same.
All other pricing from 2015 remains the same. If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to contact us.
We are excited to announce the 2nd edition of our Firefighter Candidate Study Guide!
The 2nd edition now offer a full 100 item practice test as well as:
- 25 item answers explained
- Frequently Asked Questions about the Fire Tests
- Content area review
- Analysis of question types and answer approaches
- Test day tips
This study guide can be used to study for all 6 of our Entry Level Firefighter Exams; including the FF-EL 100, 200, and 300 series.
You can have candidates buy individual guides or as with all other candidate study guides, we offer reduced prices for agency purchases.
We are hard at work on bringing you 3 new entry-level Emergency Communication Center (ECC) tests. As you know all of our tests go through a thorough validation phase that gets documented in the free Technical Report available with every test. Now your agency can be a part of the process, have a test with direct evidence for use within your organization, and enjoy a deep discount on your next test order (plus other benefits).
All the detailed information can be found on our ECC Validation page. But to summarize, we’d need your to get together a group of your incumbent ECC staff to take the test, then have their first and second line supervisors fill out a brief evaluation for each incumbent taking the test. If you can’t commit to a large group, that’s OK, even 5-6 staff can make a huge difference if multiple agencies get on board.
We are making one last push to get enough participation to finish the validation stage of the development. If your organization can participate in the next 2 months please fill out an interest form here or email Andrey Pankov with any additional questions.