The Assessment Cycle

Assessment should be understood as a spiral—a connected series of annual cycles—leading to continuous improvement in programs, services or operations.

The Assessment Cycle

The key elements of the annual assessment cycle are:

  1. Identification of an intended outcome (objective)
  2. Determination of the means of assessment (measures, methods and tools)
  3. Determination of criteria for success (targets, thresholds, benchmarks)
  4. Collection and analysis of data (assessment findings and results)
  5. Determination of ways to use the findings to improve programs, services or operations (modifications)
  6. Implementation of modifications (changes based on assessment findings)
  7. Identification of the intended outcome of the modification

and the cycle continues….