Performance Assessment for a Population of Jobs

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US Army program evaluation; personnel selection; classification procedures; performance assessment; Project A/Career Force; criterion measures


Beginning in the early 1980s and continuing through the middle 1990s, the US Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences (ARI) sponsored a comprehensive research and development program to evaluate and enhance the Army's personnel selection and classification procedures. It was actually a set of interrelated efforts (one major effort named "Career Force," collectively known as "Project A," that were carried out by the sponsor (ARI) and a contractor consortium of 3 organizations (the American Institutes for Research—AIR, the Human Resources Research Organization—HumRRO, and the Personnel Decisions Research Institute—PDRI). the purpose of this chapter is to describe the criterion measures that were developed based on the job analysis work on Project A. All of the criterion measures used in this program are described, including those developed to assess performance at the end-of-training, during a soldier's 1st tour of duty (within the 1st 3 yrs), and during the 2nd tour of duty (roughly between the next 3–5 yrs of enlistment).

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Performance Assessment for a Population of Jobs, in J. Campbell & D. J. Knapp (Eds.), Exploring the Limits of Personnel Selection and Classification, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Publishers, p. 181-235