[IPAC-List] Justification for internal expertise

Blair, Michael D[EQ] Michael.D.Blair at Embarq.com
Wed Jun 10 16:37:22 EDT 2009

Sunjeev -

I don't have a readily available list per se, but I have been in both roles multiple times and have an insiders view. Here's a short list of pros and cons for having in-house experts.

Pros of internal assessment expertise:
- More efficient
- Less cost
- You own your assessments
- Easier access to the experts
- More flexibility
- More control
- More consistency

Cons of internal assessment expertise:
- Less scalable
- Less respect from internal clients
- No "outside expert" glow
- Harder to stay abreast of new technology
- Fewer resources
- Time to develop/hire expertise
- More likely to get caught up in internal politics

Michael D. Blair
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Subject: [IPAC-List] Justification for internal expertise

Good morning. I was wondering if anyone has any information readily available that would outline the pros and cons of establishing internal personnel assessment expertise vs. using external consultants.


Sunjeev Prakash
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Human Resources Sector
HR Research and Intelligence
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Ottawa, ON
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