DISC validity – Do You Know its Importance?
People have a tendency to treat assessments as a commodity item. They feel that all DISC reports are equal and there is no difference between the different vendors of DISC. Well, this is not an accurate statement or belief.
Let me explain the differences based upon validity factors.
Since most DISC assessments come from similar origins of research they appear at first glance to be the same and therefore the results are the same. Yet, when you truly look under the hood of the assessment – you can find major differences.
Our Strategic Partner for assessments (TTI Performance Systems) takes great pride in their commitment to research, study and validate their assessments to a very high standard. Due to their high standards, they continuously update and check their validity of their assessments. Several years ago they discovered that some of the constructive language used in the assessments were no longer valid at their standards.
After two years of hard research and testing, a new standard was placed in effect that actually increased the validity percentages in all elements of DISC. This created a higher acceptance and accuracy level for our clients.
So what is the secret? It’s due to the shift in culture and demographics. The x and y generations have had an effect upon the validity scores. Since the vast majority of DISC assessments are based on older norms (mid to late 20th century) the boomers influenced the validity standards. Therefore, unless your workforce is all boomer aged – there are probabilities that some of the assessments are lacking in accuracy for the younger people in your organization.
What we recommend is to ask about the norms of the assessment. You can even ask for a validity statement or report. When reviewing this information, check the following: Is it from an independent source or inhouse? Do they provide the statistical results of the studies? What year did the studies occur? (Anything before 2000 maybe loaded with Boomer Bias)
Remember that many assessments used in the field have no validation or research to back up their accuracy. Beware of the cheap “knock offs” that have “borrowed” the research of others and have little investment in the accuracy of their assessments. This is a major problem in the world of assessments and many people are fooled or influenced by the low prices offered.
If you would like to see a validation report on our DISC assessment, please contact us at 901-757-4434. We look forward to serving you with up-to-date, state of the art assessment reports.