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Using standardised vignettes to assess practicum competencies in psychology and other disciplines

Grant


Scheme


  • Innovation and Development Program

Abstract


  • Abstract: The reliability and validity of field supervisor ratings, a key part of the assessment of practicum competencies, is unsatisfactory. This project will take a new approach to address this issue. It will use a set of standardised vignettes in lieu of domain items on the conventional Likert rating scale to develop a new instrument - the Vignette Assessment Tool (VAT). This will comprise 41 vignettes that anchor different developmental stages for each of ten clinical psychology competency domains. The project will build on a recently completed pilot project that demonstrated superior results for the vignette method. The project will standardise and calibrate the catalogue of vignettes, develop an online platform to administer it, conduct a multisite trial of the VAT (including two international sites) and establish a normative data set that will inform its use and interpretation. The project will also pilot cross-disciplinary and international applications of the VAT.

Date/time Interval


  • 2014

Local Award Id


  • 117824

Scheme


  • Innovation and Development Program

Abstract


  • Abstract: The reliability and validity of field supervisor ratings, a key part of the assessment of practicum competencies, is unsatisfactory. This project will take a new approach to address this issue. It will use a set of standardised vignettes in lieu of domain items on the conventional Likert rating scale to develop a new instrument - the Vignette Assessment Tool (VAT). This will comprise 41 vignettes that anchor different developmental stages for each of ten clinical psychology competency domains. The project will build on a recently completed pilot project that demonstrated superior results for the vignette method. The project will standardise and calibrate the catalogue of vignettes, develop an online platform to administer it, conduct a multisite trial of the VAT (including two international sites) and establish a normative data set that will inform its use and interpretation. The project will also pilot cross-disciplinary and international applications of the VAT.

Date/time Interval


  • 2014

Local Award Id


  • 117824