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Designing assessments - risk raises the stakes

Posted By: Lorna Barnes

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When building assessment for compliance, it is important to determine the level of risk involved.  Many companies and organisations have competency frameworks and these can be used to map to compliance risk level.

To do this mapping a Competency Task/Job Analysis should be completed.
• Identify the tasks/behaviours associated with the job role
• Measure how often they are completed
• Assess how important the tasks are to the job
• Determine the level of risk to the organisation if the task isn’t completed to an acceptable level

Many organisations use a simple method of Low, Medium and High risk scale.

• Assessment and competency should be signed off by an assessor or invigilator
• High-stakes testing methods should be used with randomisation and proctoring

Medium risk
• Assessment and competency should be invigilated or signed off by a superior (if not an assessor)

Low risk
• Any evidence can be used as long as it is deemed to be produced by the employee
• Many online assessment systems use login and password to ensure results are generated by the employee

It may be that more than one piece of evidence is required to achieve competency, and this may be a mixture of tests, face to face training, assignments, witness statements, eObservations.

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