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2023 Winner, Siena Consulting

Innovation:  1 - the introduction of something new;  2 - a new idea, method, or device

This award recognizes a person or team for the development and application of an innovative personnel assessment tool or procedure which resulted in improved effectiveness, efficiencies, or cost savings. Individuals or teams in the personnel assessment field who have developed and applied an innovative personnel assessment tool or procedure — within both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations — in recent years are eligible for nomination. Additionally, self-nominations are allowed.

The Innovations in Assessment Award is presented annually at the IPAC Annual Conference. The winner receives an engraved plaque to commemorate the accomplishment, the opportunity to present a paper about the innovation at the Conference, and a waiver of the conference registration fees for one person. In addition, award recipient(s) will be invited to share their innovation with the IPAC membership in a future issue of the Assessment Council News publication.


For more information about the award or to submit your nomination form, please e-mail

Past Winners:

2023 - Kenneth P. Yusko, Harold W. Goldstein, Elliott C. Larson, & Charles A. Scherbaum (Siena Consulting); & Rachel Ryan (American Express): Developing and Validating the National Football League’s Player Assessment Test (NFL-PAT)

2022 - Richard Landers (University of Minnesota), Michael B. Armstrong (Google), Andrew B. Collmus (Meta), Salih Mujcic (hellomonday), Jason Blaik (Cappfinity), and Cherie Curtis (Criteria Corp): Cognify Assessment Platform

2021 – James Kurtessis, Ashley Hoffman, Matisha Montgomery, and Kim Clark: Development and Implementation of a Physical Readiness Test for Special Response Teams in Federal Law Enforcement

2021 – Emily Solberg & Jan Harbaugh (SHL), Christoph Herde (METRO AG) & Filip Lievens (Singapore Management University), Mark Strong (Strong Talent Strategies) and Gary Burkholder (Walden University): Globally Developed SJTs Measuring 21st Century Skills (Honorable Mention)

2020 – Fritz Drasgow, Stephen Stark, Oleksandr Chernyshenko, Christopher Nye, Leonard White, Tonia Heffner: Tailored Adaptive Personality Assessment System (TAPAS)

2019 - Shaker International: AI Powered Realistic Job Previews 

2018 -  Jon Exline (Anheuser-Busch), Jonathan Neff (Anheuser-Busch), & Alexander Steemer (Aon):  Redesign and Validation of a Custom Selection System for Anheuser-Busch Supply & Logistics Positions

2017 - Charles Scherbaum, Harold Goldstein, Tonya Dawson, Paul Agnello, Elliott Larson (Baruch College & Siena Consulting); Brian Bellenger, Lorren Oliver (Jefferson County Human Resources); Kenneth Yusko, Juliet Aiken (University of Maryland & Siena Consulting); Jeff Crenshaw (Personnel Board of Jefferson County); Marcus Dickson, Wyatt Stahl (Wayne State University & Siena Consulting):  Jefferson County Job Components Validity Study

2016 - Julia Bayless (Capital One) and Adam Vassar (Quintela Group):  Capital One and Quintela Group eInterview System

2015 - Anthony S. Boyce, Jeffrey S. Conway, Pat M. Caputo, and Christopher R. Huber (Aon Hewitt):  Development of the Adaptive Employee Personality Test

2014 - Maria Bain and Jonathan Liepe (Honorable Mention):  Validation and Redesign of Assessment and Selection Process for In-Bound Customer Service Center

2013 - Lena Westerveld and Filip Lievens:  A Building Block Approach to Personnel Selection--Implementation and Evidence in a Police Selection Context

2012 Sandra Hartog and Associates/Fenestra:  New Frontiers in Scalable Assessment 

2011 Paul J. Hanges  Kenneth P. Yusko, Harold W. Goldstein, and Charles A. Scherbaum:  Sienna Reasoning Test

2010 - Cal Hoffman, C. Chy Tashima, and Gypsi Luck

2006 - Charles K. Brooks, Jeff Maile, and Steve Sutton:  Georgia Merit System

2005 - Ken Bott, Christopher Daclan, Craig Haines, Robert Pfingsthorn, Leah Salgado Christina Pizzaro-Winting, and Brad Wilson:  City of Long Beach, California

2004 - Elizabeth A. Reed and the Safety Forces Testing Team:  Columbus, Ohio Civil Service Commission

2003 - Elizabeth B. Kolmstetter and the Standards, Assessment, and Selection Team:  Transportation Security Administration

2002 - John C. Kraus (Director, Division of Selection Services):  New Jersey Department of Personnel

2001 - The Research and Development Branch:  Immigration and Naturalization Service

2000 - Elizabeth Kaido, Paul Kaiser, and Raymond Mullin:  Testing Services Division, New York State Department of Civil Service

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