ON CHOOSING SIDES: SEEING THE GOOD IN BOTH

Cynthia D. McCauley

I attended the debate where Dalton, Pollman, Bracken, and Jako presented their views on whether 360-degree assessments should be used only for feedback and development or whether these types of assessments are also appropriate for use in administrative decision-making. At the end of that debate, they asked the audience to take sides. If we agreed with the feedback-for-development-only view, then we were to move to one side of the room. If we agreed that multi-rater assessments should also be used for administrative decision-making, we were to move to the other side. At the end of a heated debate, the debaters wanted some evidence of who had won. Audience opinion seemed a good source ...

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