ERIC Number: EJ1159264
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
A Practical Approach to Programmatic Assessment Design
Timmerman, A. A.; Dijkstra, J.
Advances in Health Sciences Education, v22 n5 p1169-1182 Dec 2017
Assessment of complex tasks integrating several competencies calls for a programmatic design approach. As single instruments do not provide the information required to reach a robust judgment of integral performance, 73 guidelines for programmatic assessment design were developed. When simultaneously applying these interrelated guidelines, it is challenging to keep a clear overview of all assessment activities. The goal of this study was to provide practical support for applying a programmatic approach to assessment design, not bound to any specific educational paradigm. The guidelines were first applied in a postgraduate medical training setting, and a process analysis was conducted. This resulted in the identification of four steps for programmatic assessment design: evaluation, contextualisation, prioritisation and justification. Firstly, the (re)design process starts with sufficiently detailing the assessment environment and formulating the principal purpose. Key stakeholders with sufficient (assessment) expertise need to be involved in the analysis of strengths and weaknesses and identification of developmental needs. Central governance is essential to balance efforts and stakes with the principal purpose and decide on prioritisation of design decisions and selection of relevant guidelines. Finally, justification of assessment design decisions, quality assurance and external accountability close the loop, to ensure sound underpinning and continuous improvement of the assessment programme.
Descriptors: Quality Assurance, Program Design, Evaluation Methods, Foreign Countries, Case Studies, Medical Education, Models, Stakeholders, Expertise, Program Implementation
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