Hogan to Feature Two Speakers at 2017 ATP Conference

Posted by Hogan Assessments on Wed, Mar 01, 2017

Hogan representatives Dave Winsborough, VP of Innovation and head of Hogan X, and Blaine Gaddis, Sr. Manager of Product Research, will both present at this year’s ATP Innovations in Testing Conference in Scottsdale, AZ next week. The conference, which brings assessment industry professionals together, provides a venue for attendees to learn from and collaborate.

Winsborough will facilitate a Featured Speaker Session titled “Disruption of Traditional Assessment Systems: Are We the Walking Dead?” The session will focus on how digitization has created a fundamentally different testing landscape, and how these changes have enabled significant forces that disrupt traditional assessment. Given the choice between being disruptors or being disrupted, this session also seeks to discuss which kinds of response should be taken. The session will occur at 4:30 pm on Monday, March 6.

Gaddis will participate on a panel presentation on “Psychometric Test Security Approaches to Mitigating Cheating and Faking.” In this session assessment experts within I/O Psychology and Education fields will discuss the impact of faking, psychometric approaches to detecting faking and cheating, the use of response distortion measures and analytics, and the use of both technology and “psychometric forensics” to detect cheating.

Also participating on the panel are John Jones, Kelly Dages, and Andre Allen of General Dynamics Information Technology and Joe Orban of Questar Assessment, Inc. The session will take place at 2:30 pm on Monday, March 6.

If you’re planning to attend the conference, stop by and say hello to your friends at Hogan. If you’re unable to attend, follow our updates on Facebook and Twitter.

Topics: assessment, technology, personality assessment, Hogan Assessments, Hogan, psychometrics, faking, hogan X

Research Q&A: What is "Kaizen psychometrics?"

Posted by Blaine Gaddis on Tue, Sep 16, 2014

kaizenPerhaps the best way to understand Kaizen Psychometrics is by considering each part of the phrase separately.

  • In the most literal sense, Kaizen means “good change” or “continual improvement.”
  • Psychometrics are the statistical analyses we conduct when developing or evaluating our assessments.

So, when we talk about assessment properties such as validity and reliability, those are based on psychometric analyses. But when we talk about analyses aimed at improving and/or updating our assessments, those are Kaizen psychometrics.

Why does Hogan talk so frequency about Kaizen psychometrics?

We talk a lot about Kaizen psychometrics because one of Hogan’s core values is to continually improve our business products, services, and practices. The foundation of all of these initiatives is our assessments.

Although this sounds simple, it is surprising how few test publishers work to update and improve their assessments. This is particular ly true for personality assessments, where the intervals between original content and new items or forms can often be measured in decades rather than years. Even worse, most are never updated at all.

The reason so few test publishers update their assessments is that it requires immense amounts of time and energy. Also, the effort needed is often multiplied by the number of translations available for an assessment (such as the 40+ we have for the HPI, HDS, and MVPI). But the costs of not updating assessments and related information such as norms can be much greater. Whether we like it or not, items become outdated, norms lose their relevance over time, and there is always room for improvement in even the most carefully constructed scale.

What are some examples?

In recent years we’ve improved our core assessments and will continue to make improvements in the future. Some examples include:

  • Creating and implementing new Global Norms for the HPI, HDS, and MVPI.
  • Updating items on the MVPI to remove references to religion.
  • Creating a new form of the HDS that now includes subscales.
  • Regularly testing and updating translations and local norms as new data become available.
  • Continually writing and piloting new items for potential use in future forms.
For more information about these or any other efforts aimed at continuing to improve our assessments, please contact Blaine Gaddis, Senior Manager of Product Research.


Topics: psychometrics

Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic Joins Hogan as VP of Research and Innovation

Posted by Hogan News on Thu, Jan 17, 2013

TomasDr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic is now vice president of research and innovation at Hogan. In this role, he will work to ensure that we remain on the cutting edge of the personality assessment industry by directing new product research and driving continuous innovation.

"We are excited to welcome Dr. Chamorro-Premuzic to the team," said Dr. Robert Hogan, founder and president of Hogan. "We have hired one of the most talented and productive young personality psychologists working today."

Widely recognized as an international authority on personality and psychometrics, Chamorro-Premuzic has published six books and more than 100 scientific papers. He also received recognition and awards from the American Psychological Association and the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences.

Chamorro-Premuzic frequently appears in the media to offer psychological expertise on a wide range of topics. He has an extensive broadcasting career, including more than 200 media appearances, including more than 70 television appearances for networks such as the BBC, CNN and Sky News. He is also a regular keynote speaker for the Institute of Economic Affairs and an Associate to Harvard's Entrepreneurial Finance Lab.

In addition to his new role, Chamorro-Premuzic is currently Professor of Business Psychology at University College London (UCL), where he researches, teaches and consults on a variety of issues concerning talent management and the psychology of human capital. He also served as visiting professor at New York University and the London School of Economics.

"I am excited about joining the Hogan team," said Chamorro-Premuzic. "Together, we will continue Hogan's legacy of setting the highest standards in personality assessment around the world."

Topics: psychology, psychometrics

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