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Touchstone Institute Perspectives Series (TIPS)

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About TIPS

Welcome to the Touchstone Institute Perspectives Series (TIPS) page.

In this series we will develop answers to common, yet important questions that both regulators of health professions and examinees may ask about competency assessments and the methodologies used at Touchstone Institute. More TIPS will be added over time to create a rich resource on important assessment topics.

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TIPS Publications

on April 6, 2019
Examiner Based Variance can affect test taker outcomes, the aim of this study was to investigate examiner based effect of differential rater functioning over time (DRIFT).
on April 13, 2018
The purpose of standard setting in health professions education is to facilitate decisions following the assessment of competence at admissions, during training or at certification.
on February 27, 2018
Tablet-based assessments Offer benefits over scanable-paper assessments, but what is the impact on assessment scores?

TIPS Reports

on September 20, 2019
Information to consider when determining policies on retakes. Is a pass really more likely with a retake?
on September 20, 2019
Information to consider when determining policies on retakes. Is a pass really more likely with a retake?
on September 20, 2019
The rationale for competency-based assessment as the goal, and the steps required to get there.
on September 20, 2019
The rationale for competency-based assessment as the goal, and the steps required to get there.