[IPAC-List] Reliability for T&Es

dputka at humrro.org dputka at humrro.org
Tue Jun 22 10:06:10 EDT 2010

Hi Bryan,

A few questions....

1. How are you defining error for your T&E measure?

a. As inconsistency across items? In other words, do you want to draw
inferences with regard to the consistency in your T&E scores if they were
based on different sampling of items?

b. As inconsistency across occasions? In other words, do you want to draw
inferences with regard to the consistency in your T&E scores if respondents
completed your measure on a different occasion?

c. Are you concerned about both types of inconsistency referenced above?

2. What is the substantive nature of your T&E measure?

a. Are you trying to assess multiple, distinct constructs with your T&E
measure (e.g., each construct indicated by a subset of items comprising the
T&E measure)?

b. Or, do you simply have an overarching, heterogenous measure of T&E?

Depending on how you define error (which is a function of the inferences
you want to make with regard to the consistency of your scores), and the
substantive nature of your T&E measure, it will dictate the structure of
the reliability coefficient that is most appropriate for your situation.

For a general discussion of this, see:
Putka, D. J. & Sackett, P .R. (2010). Reliability and validity. In J.L.
Farr, & N.T. Tippins (Eds.). Handbook of Employee Selection (pp. 9-49). New
York: Routledge.

Hope this helps,


Dan J. Putka, Ph.D.
Principal Staff Scientist
Personnel Selection & Development Program
Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO)
66 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 700
Alexandria, VA 22314-1591
703-706-5640 (o)
703-548-5574 (f)

From: "Bryan Baldwin" <Bryan.Baldwin at doj.ca.gov>
To: ipac-list at ipacweb.org
Date: 06/21/2010 07:05 PM
Subject: [IPAC-List] Reliability for T&Es
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Can anyone point me to a source for how to compute reliability for T&Es
(assuming it can be done)? Ultimate goal is to use this to create bands.


Bryan Baldwin
Staff Services Manager II
California Department of Justice
Division of Administrative Support
Personnel Programs
(916) 322-5446

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