In 2016 the ICE Research and Development (R&D) task force on Small Program Issues was formed to accomplish three goals:
- identify and explore major issues facing assessment programs with low test volume and/or small program staff size,
- review standards and current practices as they pertain to issues for small credentialing programs, and
- recommend future research directions on issues facing small assessment programs.
The task force identified and interviewed individuals who have experience working with small programs. This paper reports the design and results of these interviews. The questions in the interviews were intended to be broad and to encourage the respondents to help identify both the organizational and psychometric issues they face with small programs.
For the purposes of this report, a small program is one with the following two characteristics:
- a small number of candidates (to the point where interpretation of statistics would be limited), and
- restricted access to financial resources to support the testing program (to the point where choices have to be made that limit desirable activities because of lack of funds).
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Task Force Members
- Chair: Daniel Wilson, Mountain Measurement, Inc.
- Lawrence Fabrey, PhD, PSI Services LLC
- John Wickett, PhD, Wickett Measurement Systems
- Kirk Becker, PhD, Pearson VUE
- Lois Davis, MSN, RN, Vascular Access Certification Corporation
Disclaimer: The Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE) is the professional organization that provides education, networking, research, and other resources for credentialing professionals. ICE’s research may include evaluation of emerging practices in the credentialing community, coverage of practices that credentialing organizations have undertaken in response to challenging situations, or promotion of exemplary best practices. Every product of the R&D committee represents the consensus judgment of the individuals on the respective task force and is reviewed by the committee as a whole. ICE’s research products are not necessarily intended to be a guide for obtaining accreditation or for complying with the Standards offered through ICE: the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs, the ISO/IEC 17024: Conformity assessment programs, or the ICE 1100 Standard for Assessment-based Certificate Programs.