Developing the RST

Recent articles about the RST are shown below:

The RST was originally launched in 2007, with various interim reviews being carried out in subsequent years, most notably in 2011.  Best practice with any psychometric assessment requires that a systematic review be carried out from time-to-time, to ensure that it is properly up-to-date and fit-for-purpose.  As the context within which regulatory services operate within the UK has changed comprehensively over the course of the last few years, the time is now right for such a review to take place.  Consequently, a thorough developmental process is now underway, with the ultimate aim of creating “RST2”.

This project has two phases.  Phase 1, which is currently underway, contains the following tasks and objectives:

  • Carry out a thorough analytical review of the RST and all the data that has been collected since 2007, in order to further demonstrate its utility and enhance its accuracy and predictiveness.
  • Upgrade the testing part of the RST website to enhance its resilience and stability.
  • Improve the graphic design of the existing reports – to view a new “In-depth” sample report, which contains bench-marked scores and suggested interview questions. A new “Short Report” is designed to be used in conjunction with an application form to assist shortlisting decisions.
  • Produce a “Summary Test-Takers Report” to be included in the “In-Depth” report – this is designed to be something that can be given to everyone who takes the RST in the selection context, to summarise the main outcomes and to provide some suggestions for appropriate developmental activities.
  • Produce a “Coaching & Development Report”, in order to provide managers and other senior people with a bespoke-designed tool to assist with formal developmental processes, using the well-known GROW model of coaching.
  • Re-launch the RST to senior people within the Regulatory Services professions, via e-mail shot, emphasising all of the above, together with the objectives of Phase 2 of the project.

Phase 2 of the project will include:

  • Carrying out some market research with previous, existing and potential users of the RST, around what they would value as products from the RST and what issues they would like it to address.
  • Carrying out a literature review, together with interviews with key informants, who have done relevant, recent work or research in this field, e.g. LG Regulation and IES 2014.
  • Carrying out more job analysis to review the RST’s theoretical framework, and to expand it as necessary, possibly to include concepts such as “change-orientation”, “learning consciousness” and “team-orientation/propensity to collaborate”.
  • Exploring the “work-style preference” issue in more detail, e.g.:
    • To investigate in more detail the validity of the “enforcement” and “educative” work-styles, i.e. do these two distinct style-preferences really exist and if so, how can they be described as accurately as possible?
    • What are the linkages between “enforcement” and “investigation”?
    • Where does “inspection” fit in to all of this?
  • Constructing appropriate additional dimensions for the on-line instrument, as indicated by the above process, effectively creating RST2.
  • Launch RST2 via the RST website, journal articles, conferences, webinars etc, in Autumn 2015/Winter 2016.

It may well be that we will contact you formally in due course, to invite you to contribute to the research that will need to be carried out in Phase 2, as described above. However, if you would like to contribute informally by offering your views on any of the issues mentioned above, we would love to hear from you.

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