Briefly, this is what it looks like to do an assessment for your organization, population, or study (see example use scenarios):
Design the group assessment project with us — what questions are you interested in gaining insight on? We will design an assessment plan that meets your needs.
Your participants receive an email invitation to take the STAGES assessment, which takes only 30-60 minutes to complete.
Receive our report, showing how developmental levels break down according to the groups and demographic categories you defined. (Individual scores have anonymous IDs). (see the Sample Report)
For individual assessments, participants are referred to Stages International for certified human scorers, personalized feedback reports, and follow-up coaching sessions.
Or, in a bit more detail:
We have conversations about your goals for assessment and the characteristics of your population and the demographic categories of importance to your inquiry; we agree on a plan and terms for the project, and create a contract for the work.
You send us a list of names and email addresses of individuals to be assessed. We send out email invitations with a link to the Stages International STAGES assessment platform.
Participants take between 30 and 60- minutes to complete a 36 item sentence completion test, by some deadline specified by you.
At the deadline we use the StageLens technology to score the items from all participants, and combine these to get a center of gravity score and a range of scores (shown with a histogram that usually looks like a bell curve). We take all this data and produce a report for you.
The report includes the developmental scores for all individuals, but identified by anonymous numeric IDs. We also include summary statistics to compare groups, demographic categories, and/or time periods, according to the project goals. In-depth statistical analysis of the data is assumed to be your responsibility, unless agreed up otherwise in the contract.
If individuals or the sponsoring organization wants to follow up with human-scored assessments for some individuals, which include personalized comments and a coaching session, we pass you on to STAGES International for that work.
For a summary of validity studies of the STAGES model see the section on STAGES in this paper.