Assessments

Assessments help members and others assess their knowledge for the purpose of professional development planning.

Management Assessment (formerly Applied Knowledge Assessment)

The first guideline to Tenet 8 of the ICMA Code of Ethics commits members to routinely assess their professional skills and abilities. To help members fulfill this responsibility, ICMA partnered with the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University to develop the Applied Knowledge Assessment (now Management Assessment). This instrument was developed for the local government management profession and is based on the management dimensions of the ICMA Practices for Effective Local Government Leadership. It is designed to identify professional strengths and pinpoint opportunities for professional development.

What is the Management Assessment?

The Management Assessment is required before you complete the credentialing application; you are also welcome to complete it even if you do not plan to apply for the credential. It is made up of multiple-choice questions that tap your knowledge of local government principles and practices and your ability to apply them to management situations. The assessment is not a test. There is no passing or failing score. It simply provides feedback to guide you as you structure a continuing professional development program. You complete the assessment online and receive immediate results showing the overall score and the score for each core content area.

How does this assessment relate to the Voluntary Credentialing Program?

The first step in the voluntary credentialing process is to complete the Management Assessment. Note that you will be asked to create a profile and establish an Assessment login and password, which are different from your ICMA login and password.

How much does it cost?

For members and applicants to ELDP, Leadership ICMA, and MCMI, the ICMA Management Assessment costs $75. For non-members, it costs $149. Sales tax may apply.

How was the Management Assessment developed?

The Management Assessment (formerly Applied Knowledge Assessment) was developed by ICMA and the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University, with extensive involvement by members. During the year-long development period, ICMA members in several parts of the country participated in a series of focus groups to help craft questions. In addition, 250 members participated in the validation of that assessment by mail or in person at the ICMA annual conference. Since that time, the assessment has been revised twice, once in 2007 and once in 2019, both year-long processes that involved extensive input from assessment validation experts and ICMA members from all regions.

How many people have taken the Applied Knowledge Assessment?

Since the Applied Knowledge Assessment became available in the summer of 1999, around 6,000 members and others have purchased it.

How can state associations use the Management Assessment results?

State associations can request a state summary of assessment results by contacting jjackson@icma.org. These aggregate summaries help states plan professional development activities for their members.

 

Leadership Assessment 

The first guideline to Tenet 8 of the ICMA Code of Ethics commits members to routinely assess their professional skills and abilities. To help members fulfill this responsibility and to respond to the recommendations of the 2014 ICMA Task Force on Leadership, ICMA partnered with Scantron to develop the Leadership Assessment. This instrument was developed for the local government management profession and is based on the leadership dimensions of the ICMA Practices for Effective Local Government Leadership. It is designed to identify professional strengths and pinpoint opportunities for professional development.

What is the Leadership Assessment?

The Leadership Assessment is made up of multiple-choice questions that tap your knowledge of local government principles and practices and your ability to apply them to leadership situations. The assessment is not a test. There is no passing or failing score. It simply provides feedback to guide you as you structure a continuing leadership development program. You complete the assessment online and receive immediate results showing the overall score and the score for each core content area.

How much does it cost?

For members, the ICMA Leadership Assessment costs $75. For non-members, it costs $149.

How was the Leadership Assessment developed?

The Leadership Assessment was developed by ICMA and Scantron, with extensive involvement by members. During the year-long development period, ICMA members from all regions participated in a series of focus groups to help craft questions. In addition, 150 members participated in the validation of that assessment. 

How can state associations use the Leadership Assessment results?

State associations can request a state summary of assessment results by contacting jjackson@icma.org. These aggregate summaries help states plan professional development activities for their members.

Multi-rater Assessments

To maintain the ICMA credential, members must complete a different assessment (a multi-rater assessment) at least once every five years. The first one is due five years after entering the Voluntary Credentialing Program. 

Credentialed Managers have the option of 1) choosing from a list of preapproved multi-rater assessment tools; or 2) completing another multi-rater assessment of their own choosing. If a manager does want to choose his or her own assessment, information on the assessment tool selected can be sent to credentialing@icma.org for pre-approval.

These two elements are important to the pre-approval process:

Please be aware that the list of preapproved assessments is not an indication of endorsement. It is simply a list of assessments for which members have already received approval and no further review is required. If you would like to use a different one or need assistance in developing an "in-house" instrument, please contact credentialing@icma.org.

How do I submit evidence of completion of a multi-rater assessment for the credentialing requirement?

Upon completion of the assessment, send an email to credentialing@icma.org that includes the name of the assessment tool used, the date of completion, and the job functions of the participants (direct reports, support staff, supervisor, etc.).

How much do they cost?

Multi-rater assessment prices vary, and are not sold by ICMA.

 

If you have further questions concerning the assessment instruments, email credentialing@icma.org.

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