There are a wide variety of techniques used for sampling the evidence of assessment which are all valuable for different reasons. Below are listed these different techniques
a) Direct observation is the best way to evaluate the assessor’s ability to carry out a fair and valid assessment. The observation should ideally take place in the work environment and involve the learner carrying out specific tasks as required for inclusion in the learner’s portfolio of evidence. The IQA can quickly establish the effect of the assessment on the learner and can get a good impression of the rapport that the assessor has with the learner and the employer. The ability of the assessor to extract the necessary information required for a suitable assessment can be evaluated. The assessor must include the details of the appeals process and should be able to link the assessment to any classroom based theory that is being delivered at the same time. A second method of observation which uses technology is the use of video evidence. If this is carried out correctly it can prove to be a valuable tool to allow for good assessor quality evaluation and training. It must be noted however that videos can be edited and therefore should not be considered a replacement for direct observation unless the situation dictates video evidence such as when a learner is working too far way or if the employer cannot allow the assessor to be there in person such as sensitive locations etc.
b) Assignment assessment is the usual way of sampling and will require a direct link to the assessment strategy. This should happen throughout the assessment process and should culminate in the final decision by the IQA whether the assessment process has been followed to the Awarding Organisation’s requirements. A check of dates and signatures play an important part of this process.
c) Recognition of prior