ERIC Number: ED167732
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Oct
Reference Count: 0
The Skills Survey: What It Is and How It Works. Personnel Management Series No. 29.
This booklet explains the federal government's purpose and procedures for conducting a survey to determine civil service employees' skills, knowledges, and abilities so that they may be more fully utilized and/or developed. In section I the term "skills survey" is defined and its functions are viewed as part of an upward mobility program. Section II lists the personnel involved in planning and implementing the survey. Section III advises each government agency to assess its own information needs by either examining its existing job descriptions or by performing a job analysis. The scope of the project and use of a timetable are discussed. Then, the pros and cons of various procedures are debated for obtaining specific data on employees' skills. The approaches considered include (1) searching personnel files, (2) conducting personal interviews, (3) administering questionnaires to employees in groups, (4) mailing out questionnaires, and (5) using mail questionnaires with followup interviews. In section IV, government publications and Appendix 1 are suggested as resources for instructions on how to evaluate the data. Section V and Appendix 2 cover the methods of coding the data for storage and retrieval. The implementation and update of the survey are discussed in section VI. In the final two sections, the survey administrator is warned of various pitfalls and the need to comply with the Privacy Act. Appendixes 3 and 4 provide sample forms. (ELG)
Descriptors: Administrator Guides, Data Collection, Employment Level, Employment Qualifications, Evaluation Methods, Failure, Followup Studies, Government Employees, Information Needs, Information Retrieval, Information Storage, Job Skills, Labor Needs, Management Information Systems, Needs Assessment, Occupational Information, Occupational Mobility, Personnel Data, Program Administration, Program Development, Promotion (Occupational), Questionnaires, Success, Worksheets
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402 (Stock Number 006-000-01030-0)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Civil Service Commission, Washington, DC. Office of Federal Equal Employment Opportunity.
Note: The reproduced forms in Appendixes 3 and 4 will not reproduce well due to small print