Purchasing skills: expert advice for selecting a superior quality skills assessment

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When selecting a superior procurement skills assessment, executives need to think about practicality, reliability, validity, and impact.



Selecting a superior procurement skills assessment

You’ll need to consider the broad ideas of practicality, the feasibility of giving a particular assessment; reliability, the consistency of assessment results; validity, the fit between the assessment and the who, what, why, and how of conducting an assessment; and impact, the possible positive or negative consequences of using the assessment.

Once you’ve considered these factors and defined your purposes for conducting an assessment, you can search for one that meet your needs.

Use the checklist below to be sure you’ve made a considered selection:

  1. What is the intended purpose of the assessment?
  2. Do you have the necessary resources to administer the assessment?
  3. Do you have the necessary resources to score the assessment?
  4. Does the assessment’s intended purpose match your purpose for assessing?
  5. Is the assessment appropriate for the competencies you want to assess?
  6. Is the assessment appropriate for the roles and experience level of the people you want to assess?
  7. Will the assessment results be used as intended by the developers of the assessment?
  8. Have you considered the possible impact of the test and does it support your objectives?


Purchasing Practice has produced a guide for procurement executives on purchasing skills & knowledge assessments for procurement staff.  It is designed to help executives understand the role of assessments in building capability in procurement. If you would like a copy you can request one via our contact page.

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