In the world of team assessments, there are many tools that have been created based on conjecture and untested models. Conversely, there are also a handful of proven and well-designed instruments. Our Team Assess Survey falls into the latter category.

This premier assessment tool is rooted in sound academic research and was independently validated by the Institute for Leadership Excellence and Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago. So if survey credibility is important to you, we have it covered.

Considerations for validating assessment effectiveness

When it comes to survey effectiveness, there are two major variables to consider:

  • Reliability: Our survey will truly distinguish higher-performing teams from lower-performing teams. This also means that, with our progress report option, teams can accurately measure team performance gains or losses over time.
  • Validity: The measures on our survey do indeed relate to important team performance outcomes.

The Team Assess Survey can help internal teams achieve maximum team effectiveness.

University of Illinois at Chicago validates the Team Assess Survey

To validate the Team Assess Survey, all part- and full-time employees of a Chicago-area government organization were asked to complete the survey. Donald Kluemper, Ph.D., Jeremy Meuser, Ph.D., and Siting Wang from iLEAD administered and analyzed the surveys.

In total, 398 employees were invited to participate. Approximately 266 completed all parts of the survey, while 250 completed the entire survey. This yielded a 67 percent response rate. For this sample, 63 percent of respondents were female and 86 percent were white. The average participant age was 41 years of age, with 22 years of work experience, an average tenure of 4.5 years and working an average of 32 hours per week. All supervisors were asked to complete evaluations for each direct report, and 47 out of 48 complied. This yielded a 98 percent response rate.

In total, all 32 Team Assess Survey constructs were evaluated in the employee surveys, while six performance constructs were evaluated by the supervisors. The constructs consisted of established measures from academic literature and included task performance, organizational citizenship behavior toward individuals (OCBI), organizational citizenship behavior toward the organization (OCBO), workplace deviance behavior toward coworkers (WDBI), workplace deviance behavior toward the organization (WDBO) and workplace safety.

“These results establish that the Team Assess Survey strongly predicts a range of important relevant performance outcomes.”

Reliability: Internal consistency reliability – also known as coefficient alpha – was calculated for the global measure and for each of the 32 dimensions of the CLI OCS. For the global measure, the alpha was .98. For the dimensions, reliability coefficients ranged from .56 to .95. Four Team Assess Survey dimensions fell below the .70 commonly established cutoff, while 28 dimensions exceeded .70. The average alpha coefficient across the 32 dimensions was .81.These results demonstrate that the assessment is a reliable measure.

Validity: To establish criterion-related validity, the six supervisor-rated performance measures were regressed on the Team Assess Survey dimensions. As a set, the assessment measure predicted a significant amount of variance in each of the six performance outcomes. Specifically, the CLI OCSTAS significantly predicted 24.1 percent of the variance in task performance, 25.5 percent of the variance in OCBI, 26.1 percent in OCBO, 20.5 percent in WDBI, 29.3 percent in WDBO and 19.8 percent in workplace safety. These are considered quite large effect sizes when compared to academic studies using established and valid measures. These results establish that the Team Assess Survey is a valid measure and strongly predicts a range of important, organizationally relevant performance outcomes shown in the academic literature to impact organizational financial performance.

If you would like more information on the Team Assess Survey or a full copy of the iLEAD report, contact us today.