This laboratory research compared the reliability, validity, and accuracy of a computerized adaptive rating scale (CARS) format and 2 relatively common and representative rating formats. The CARS is a paired-comparison rating task that uses adaptive testing prirciples to present pairs of scaled behavioral statements to the rater to iteratively estimate a ratee's effectiveness on 3 dimensions of contextual performance. Videotaped vignettes of 6 office workers were prepared, depicting prescripted levels of contextual performance, and 112 subjects rated these vignettes using the CARS format and one or the other competing format. Results showed 23%-37% lower standard errors of measurement for the CARS format. In addition, validity was significantly higher foi the CARS format (d = .18) and Cronbach's accuracy coefficients showed significantly higher accuracy, with a median effect size of .08. The discussion focuses on possible reasons for the results.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Applied Psychology