The ACSG - 2010 and Beyond
Section 1: Why do we exist? What is our Purpose?
Whom do we serve?
The ACSG exists to serve the interest of all parties that are engaged in the AC methodologies. Our clients are first and foremost the delegates attending the annual conference, the exhibitors and the sponsors.
The delegates, exhibitors and sponsors includes Industrial and Organisational Psychologists (and other categories of psychology), Psychometrists, HR Professionals line managers, lecturers, students and consultants working in the field of Assessment Centres.
We serve government, corporate institutions, the consulting fraternity and academic institutions.
What value do we deliver?
Through the Annual Conference, the Website, the Newsletter, Presentations and Lectures Provide internationally:
Information and Knowledge Sharing
Practical Case Studies
Why do we matter?
We provide a platform / facilitate a process where people can interact, share their knowledge and experience in ACs and learn from each other.
In the absence of laws governing the practice of ACs in SA the ACSG assumes the unofficial mantle of “ethics and standards watchdog” in order to ensure that the highest standards of practice are shared with our members through workshops, conferences, an updated website and active newsletter.
What is our ambition?
The ACSG is striving to be recognized as an international body of influence in this field. We would like to reach a stage where we enjoy international recognition for the AC research and practical application of AC methodologies.
The use of ACs as part of selection and development processes are commonly accepted as a non-negotiable and as such is used in the majority of organization.
Organizations have adopted the South African and the International Guidelines on ACs and rely on us for advice on assessment practices.
We are striving to increase our membership year-on-year and to encourage, particularly, students to become more involved with ACs as a discipline of choice. We are also striving to increase the body of South African research into ACs and will provide support to researchers in order to attain this goal.
We are continuing what we are doing with conferences and in addition we would like to take the learnings from the conference to those who could not physically attend the conference.
SECTION 2: How do we create value?
What is our difference?
We focus specifically on the field of ACs, so can therefore put all our efforts into sourcing the best in the field for our conference.
We are a research driven body, always looking for emerging trends and seeking to take advantage of them and learn from them. Through the involvement of national and international speakers, new developments are shared with members as well as any relevant research which benefit all.
Practical application - The ACSG emphasizes practical application and those that attend the conference are able to immediately implement what they learnt from the conference. Participants are able to also see similarities of the environments.
How do we deliver value?
Through the annual conference (workshops, presentations, interaction), website, newsletter, lectures and presentations.
What makes our way of delivering value superior?
The strength of the ACSG is that we focus only on AC methodologies and is not contaminated by other issues.
The annual conference has an informal and relaxed atmosphere which is more conducive to absorbing new material and to interact with each other.
How will it evolve?
Ethical use of ACs will be common place. People new to the field are introduced by attending demonstration ACs. Appropriate technology is used during ACs. AC practitioners are well trained on ACs. Post graduate students in the field of Industrial and Organisational Psychology, as well as Post Graduate HR and Management students are familiar with ACs. South African AC research of quality is published regularly.
SECTION 3: Who are we – our character?
What assumptions guide us/what beliefs underpin our behaviours?
We are guided by the belief that we have a moral and ethical obligation to the AC community to facilitate the acquisition of current and latest knowledge and practices of ACs and deliver a needs based offering. We do this because we are passionate about the field and wish for all practitioners in SA to embody the highest standards of ethics, performance and delivery in their respective organisations.
What turns us on?
We are excited by success stories, by innovative practices in ACs, by the youth that are embracing the discipline and are eager to grow and learn and by watching SA take its place in the world of ACs due to practice and research excellence.
We are excited by national and international recognition and positive feedback and that the ACSG is 30 years old and still growing
What is not negotiable?
ACs are exciting and dynamic so no issue should be left out of discussions. However, we need to emphasize regularly best practice and ethical requirements of ACs. This must be reinforced through example and emphasized at ACSG forums.
The ACSG must always have a character of professionality and uphold the highest scientific and ethical standards.
How do we behave?
We propagate and implement the AC Guidelines (both the South African and International Guidelines).
We do not alienate people but rather create an environment that is inviting everyone into the ethical, professional use of AC methodology.
We encourage discussion, however we always remain a group of friends, passionate about ACs.
SECTION 4: What must we do and how will we make it happen?
What results do we seek?
One year from now?
- Reach out to many more participants for our conference.
- Increase visibility within the government departments, corporate SA and academic institutions (reach more students and lecturers!).
- Have regional structures in place.
- Be registered as a non-profit organisation
- Be financial stable and secure
Two years from now?
- Have at least five universities that we present regularly to. We have to ensure that ACs are included in the curriculum.
- Have international standing as a body promoting all aspects of ACs.
What are the priorities?
- Promote ethical use of ACs.
- Establish regional feedback events after the conference.
- To be part of the academic curriculum.
What action must we take?
- Ensure that the ACSG has a representative that talks about AC methodologies at other I/O Psychology events.
- We need to strengthen the marketing strategy.
- Ask conference participants to get involved with regional feedback sessions and lectures at universities.