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Essentials of Using Assessments in Talent Development Initiatives

Use the right tools for the right purposes.

Define, differentiate, and decide on the best assessment for your next people project.

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Credits: CEU 0.45 MORE
Level: Foundational
Role(s): Director / Executive More
Language(s): English


Course Info

Through interactive discussion with your peers and the facilitator, discover the types of assessments used at various stages of the employee life cycle, including selection and hiring, employee development, leadership development, high-potential identification, coaching, team building, culture building, and employee engagement.

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Through interactive discussion with your peers and the facilitator, discover the types of assessments used at various stages of the employee life cycle, including selection and hiring, employee development, leadership development, high-potential identification, coaching, team building, culture building, and employee engagement.

Explore the criteria for these different applications while investigating a variety of assessments available to meet these needs, such as DiSC, Hogan, Integro Leadership Team Alignment Survey, MBTI, Profiles XT, and the Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team. You will walk away equipped to successfully select and evaluate the assessments you are considering for your talent development initiatives. Read Less

What You Will Learn
  • Describe what an assessment is and what it is not.
  • Differentiate between types of assessments and their intended purposes.
  • Identify your goal(s) for using an assessment.
  • Compare and contrast popular assessment tools.
  • Formulate a strategy for determining which assessment will best meet your talent development needs.
  • Apply factors to consider in the purchase process.
  • Apply approaches for maximizing learning and results when using assessments.
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The Essentials Series

ATD’s Essentials Series Annual Pass offers a flexible and affordable way to increase your performance via interactive, online learning taught by the industry’s leading subject matter experts.

Topic 1 - Assessments 101 - Defining Assessments and Exploring Various Types and Applications
What’s in a Name: Assessment vs. Test vs. Survey vs. Profile
Types of Assessments
Application of Assessments in Talent Development
Topic 2 - The Business Case for Assessments
Crafting an Evaluation Strategy
Selecting the Appropriate Tool
Choosing a Vendor
Topic 3 - Best Practices and Action Planning for Using Assessments
Integrating Into Talent Development Initiatives 
Building Assessments Into Your Talent Development Workflow
Key Factors to Consider When Using Assessments in Talent Development
Your Next Steps
Who Should Attend

This program is for talent development professionals who are responsible for recommending, choosing, or requesting assessments to be used as part of their learning and development initiatives. No matter what function you play in talent development (instructional designer, facilitator, coach, talent manager, organization development consultant, or other learning professional), if you would like to better understand the range of options and uses of assessments, learn how to match the assessment to the need, or plan to maximize your return on investment with assessments, then this program is for you.

ATD Education programs are designed primarily for learning professionals—trainers, instructional designers, and organization development practitioners—but also greatly benefit anyone within an organization who is responsible for developing others, from managers to human resources specialists.

Level: Foundational
Roles: Director / Executive, HR/OD Professional, Instructional Designer, Manager, Trainer
Language: English
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Dates & Locations
  • Oct 16-30, 2019
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Essentials Workshops
Participation in all online sessions at their currently scheduled day and time is mandatory to receive completion for the program and any applicable credits. Please note that viewing a recording will not fulfill the attendance requirement. Participants who fulfill all program requirements will see their completion status reflected on their transcript in the ATD Learning Portal and will receive an email verifying their completion of the program.

ATD requires active participation through the program to receive credit for the class. Active participation includes, but is not limited to, participating in virtual classroom activities, discussions, breakout sessions, and intersession work. Please note that using a tablet or mobile device severely limits your ability to fully and actively participate.

All sessions will be recorded and available in the Learning Portal for participants to review throughout the program for your review.


4.5 Learning Hours

0.45 CEUs awarded

Up to 4.5 APTD Recertification Points through the ATD Certification Institute.

Up to 4.5 CPLP Recertification Points through the ATD Certification Institute.


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