What Kinds of Reports Might I Get for My Assessments and 360's?

The content and format of reports for assessments and 360's vary greatly depending on the specific instrument, the methods used and the coach or assessment company compiling the report. Your coach should spend time reviewing your results with you and helping you understand how to interpret them. If your coach gives you a verbal report of your results, he/she should also provide you with a written summary. Some written reports provide only raw data along with comparative norms, working under the assumption that you and your coach will draw your own conclusions. Others provide only the conclusions and interpretations. Almost all assessment reports provide explanations about the theoretical bases of the instrument and the practical implications of your results to help you interpret them. Many reports also give you one or more validity scores which tell you the degree to which you can rely on your results as valid based on the way in which you responded (honestly, consistently, etc.).

Many coaches and assessment professionals will prepare an overall assessment report, giving you an interpretation based on all of the assessments you completed rather than give you separate reports for each instrument. Since each assessment instrument has its own strengths and weaknesses, such an overall report helps you look at the overall pattern of all of your assessments, screening out the individual assessment results which are not cross-validated or can not be relied on independently. There is no one best way to prepare reports. If you do not receive this kind of overall report, you need to work with your coach for you to write your own summary by carefully reviewing all of your individual reports, looking for consistent patterns, and pulling out the themes.

Reports for 360 written surveys may include any or all of the following components:

    •   An introduction explaining the overall survey and how it is built, administered, prepared, formatted, and can be interpreted
    •   A description of your data collection: How many people were surveyed, how many completed and returned the survey, their     relationships to you, who was included, the completeness of the responses, the number of comments, etc.
    •   An overview/summary of your results
    •   The details of your results (areas of perceived, greatest and least effectiveness, areas of greatest and least perceived     importance, comparison of how you rated yourself with how others rated you, comparison of your scores to those of your
        peers, etc.)
    •   Comments provided by the people completing your surveys
    •   A summary of the results of surveys completed across your organization
    •   The patterns or results to which you should pay special attention
    •   Worksheets to review your results and record your impressions and action items

Reports for 360 Interviews

360 interviews can be conducted in many ways. Those methods will greatly determine what is included in your report and how a report is formatted. For example, if it was agreed that all comments would remain anonymous, comments are usually sorted randomly to maximize their anonymity. If individual comments are to remain confidential and not reported to you, the report will only include summaries of themes across several or all of the people interviewed without any specific comments listed. If the data is to be provided broken down by the groups from which they were obtained (superiors, peers, direct reports, etc.) then the results will be reported accordingly.

Similar to assessment reports, some 360 interview reports give you all of, or a sample of comments from individual interviews, relying on you to screen out one-off comments, find the patterns, and draw your own conclusions. Other reports do the screening for you and report only the frequent patterns and themes. If you are someone who needs to be in control and tend to dismiss feedback you do not discover yourself, it is probably better for you to get the raw data and prepare your own report with the help of your coach (if this option is possible and available). If you are more open and willing to take conclusions prepared by others at face value, the summary report of themes may be more helpful to you.