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Actionable data for continuous improvement initiatives

What would you do if you had the data to prove your organization has the thinking skills needed to improve productivity and efficiency?

Would you increase production, risk expansion, grow your team, take on that extra project?

Then you need to assess the skills and personal characteristics of your team

  • Are there skills or personal characteristics you value and need to assess?
  • Are your employees motivated, professional, focused, honest and committed? 
  • Does your staff have the problem solving skills to follow through on policy changes?  
  • Do your managers have the problem analysis and quantitative reasoning skills required to evaluate alternatives?
  • Do your executives have the strong decision skills necessary to lead the company forward?

If you don’t have actionable metrics to answer these questions, Insight Business Professional provides objective measurements of 15 essential business skills and mindset characteristics

If the data shows values and cognitive skills your company needs, INSIGHT Development Program provides an online self-training a cost effective online training that can be integrated into your professional development and quality improvement programs.

When your employees are good thinkers, they make better decisions, fewer errors and they are more productive. That’s why businesses need to capture objective data on the thinking skills of job candidates and current employees.  They know that companies run more efficiently when they are staffed and lead by strong critical thinkers.

Insight Assessment provides validated test instruments to assess the thinking skills and motivation of employees at every stage of their career. Our easy to use objective thinking skills and mindset assessments are essential HR tools worldwide. We are committed to delivering comprehensive and meaningful data that can be easily disseminated and applied to assist our clients’ efforts to carry out specific continuous improvement plans. Spreadsheets of individual scores as well as analyzed group reports can be generated immediately upon data collection and later as needed. Our excellent support staff can assist you to design a data collection plan to accomplish your assessment goals. 

Thinking skills data strengthens continuous improvement initiatives

Identifying and building strong reasoning skills and a motivated thinking mindset must be an ongoing commitment. Impactful programs identify areas to improve employee effectiveness, focus on relevant skills, and provide demonstrable results.

Each INSIGHT tool can be used to gather comprehensive objective data for multiple initiatives. Our comprehensive results package delivers the informative metrics you need for:

An investment in the assessment and development of thinking skills is a cost effective way to promote quality improvements throughout your operations. 

It is essential that you have the best information available to guide the future of your institution. There is no substitute for an accurate assessment of the quality of new programs, the effectiveness of retention initiatives, and the demonstration of the attainment of performance-based outcomes.

INSIGHT Development Program delivers the most comprehensive, effective, and well-established training approach to strengthening employee decision-making and problem-solving available. INSIGHT Development Program integrates proven instructional modules that guide individuals toward the continued improvement of their reasoning using workplace examples, together with a valid assessment of thinking mindset attributes and reasoning skills.

Every day, in every industry, the quality and the sheer number of judgments that need to be made determines the effectiveness of individuals and teams. Now is the right time to initiate a testing program to identify strong thinkers. Contact us to get the data that works for you.

Learn more about how INSIGHT clients use our individual and group metrics to improve productivity  

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Your research in human cognition could be aided by the direct measurement of human reasoning skills and thinking mindset;  we invite you to review our product array.   Our mission at Insight Assessment is to improve human reasoning internationally. We are particularly proud of our role in supporting the work of leading researchers.

Do strong reasoning skills or a thinking mindset protect someone from depression? Do they significantly predict wealth or good health? Do individual differences in reasoning ability and mindset influence reported findings in drug studies, investigations of memory or motor skills, studies on aging? If you are a cognitive researcher, you probably want to study and quantify this potential effect or control it in your next investigation. 

Many Insight Assessment customers have identified strength in reasoning skills and a thinking mindset as the characteristics they require in their key personnel, prefer in selective admission, hiring and training, and use to assign key leadership positions. 

Adding a measure of reasoning skills and mindset to a scientific investigation of human cognition allows you to control for individual differences that affect engagement of the problem, the ability to analyze and evaluate solution paths, and draw inferences as to potential gain, risk management, and options for problem resolution.

Insight Assessment provides test instruments calibrated to specific ages and ability ranges and benchmarked to the national population. Translations, developed through collaborative, culturally competent projects with colleague researchers around the world, make multilingual investigations possible. Comprehensive individual and group reports provide objective metrics on the strengths and weaknesses of key aspects of thinking.

Assumptions that all study participants can be treated as equals in cognitive research is a likely design flaw that can be easily remedied.   Valid and reliable measures, calibrated to your expected study sample, will control this variable and potentially offer new insights on the effects of this individual difference variable on your program of research.

Selecting a valid and reliable measure calibrated to your study population also offers you the opportunity to benchmark your study sample to the population in the area of reasoning skills, increasing the external validity of your findings. Contact our representatives today for more information about Insight Assessment's support of research studies of human reasoning and decision making .  

Smart thinkers

Innovation skills

Smart things are all the rage.  Smart phones. Smart TVs. Smart homes. Smart cars. Smart appliances. Smart wearables. Smart manufacturing.  Just enter the word smart plus a couple of random letters into your search engine and you’ll find millions of search suggestions.   So many that, in fact, "smart" doesn’t seem to have much meaning. 

Objects aren't smart, people are.

It’s innovative, creative and analytical people who develop smart things.

Don’t settle for smart. Want innovation? Hire strong thinkers

Brains are the real power force in this world. We need strong thinkers being innovators in every profession. This includes teachers, professors, technology, entrepreneurs, small business owners, healthcare workers, customer service workers, even politicians. We need to value and cultivate strong thinkers who have the analytic skills.

Innovation skills start with critical thinking

Innovation is built on critical thinking skills.  Critical thinking is one of the most in demand job skills. It’s essential for innovation. Innovators must have the skills as well as the mental disciplines and mindset to drive ideas from concept to completion.  

Strong critical thinkers are skilled problem solvers, able to to evaluate options, anticipate risks and opportunities and create new ideas and products.

Strong critical thinkers are innovators who are intellectually curious, eager to explore new ideas, receptive to improvements and driven to persevere through failures. 

Innovators must have the skills as well as the mental disciplines and mindset who can learn from failures, analyzing problems to ensure the right lessons are learned and applied.

Innovators must have the skills as well as the mental disciplines and mindset who can learn from failures. They study problems to ensure the right lessons are learned and applied. 

How to identify and develop employees with innovation skills

The first step is the objective assessment of thinking skills and mindset.

Insight Assessment specializes in providing the objective metrics needed to identify strong critical thinkers. Our test instruments provide informative individual and group reports on the strengths and weaknesses on 15 core competencies of good thinking and problem-solving.   Insight Assessment’s high quality, validated, multilingual thinking assessments are used globally because they are calibrated for wide range of business and HR needs. INSIGHT Development Program provides online, self- paced training modules so employees can improve their thinking and innovation skills.   Clients rely on our tools for  hiring , professional development , outcomes improvement , curriculum development , and process improvement .

Do you want to build strong teams with the skills that drive innovation?  Contact us to discuss how thinking metrics can help you.

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Do you know how many of your employees are good thinkers?

If you’re not assessing thinking abilities, then you’re guessingINSIGHT's group reports deliver the objective metrics on the overall reasoning and complex problem solving skills that will enable you to identify the strengths and weaknesses of teams, departments or divisions.

You need to understand how employees will think on the job.  Do they have strong problem solving skills? Do they have the analytical skills to evaluate risks and alternatives? Do they have the focus and drive necessary for innovation? Will they be motivated to reason through complex decision making processes? Will they be fast learners? INSIGHT reports these metrics.

INSIGHT Business Professional provides you with the tools you need to make staffing decisions based on the most important job qualification: does this candidate or employee have the thinking skills and motivation to get the job doneWithin minutes of the completion of the INSIGHT assessment, a printable report will be sent to you documenting the individual's strengths and areas for growth in 15 key thinking skill and mindset metrics.

Insight Assessment provides validated, objective measurements of the core thinking skills and reasoning mindset that make business operations run more smoothly. Our easy to use, online assessments give you the reliable analysis you need for hiring, promoting and future planning.

And the bonus: talent development . Training costs money and time for your organization, so invest in employees who can succeed. INSIGHT metrics include the data you need to strategically build strong teams throughout your organization. You can increase performance by identifying the best thinkers for leadership and promotion. Professional development programs can be targeted to improve specific areas of weakness in your staff.

Thinking and decision-making skills and a commitment to your company’s mission, vision and values are important considerations at every level of your organization. So why would you make a hire without assessing these metrics? Contact us; you don’t have to wait to start building teams of smart, strong thinkers.

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Strong thinking skills are in demand across the globe. If you want to prioritize the improvement of decision skills, Insight Assessment provides the high quality assessments, metrics, service and expertise required to measure thinking skills and mindset attributes. Our solutions set the standard:

WORLD LEADING ASSESSMENTS

RELEVANT, RELIABLE DATA, REPORTS AND METRICS

  • Individual and group metrics about thinking skills or thinking mindset or both.
  • Individual reports specifying the strengths and weaknesses in key components of reasoning strength, delivered within minutes of test-taker completion.
  • Comprehensive data about group performance that include group descriptive scores and detailed analysis of overall group performance.
  • Comparison percentile scores are available for critical thinking skills tests 
  • Relevant, objective, presentation ready reports analyzing the test taker responses

SUPERIOR ASSESSMENT SERVICES

  • Starting with our initial consultation on your testing goals, our testing specialists will work with you to optimize your results.
  • Assistance to integrate the inclusion of thinking skills and mindset and assessment into your HR procedures.
  • Test in English or over 20 additional languages  or a combination of languages using our high quality translations and multilingual online test taker interface options. We have high quality translations and multilingual online test taker interface options.
  • Test individuals or group(s) online, proctored, remotely, using our flexible test administration options to deliver data securely and efficiently 
  • Option of specialized demographic or survey questions  to manage and organize data
  • Provide HR with training tools for team development
  • Complimentary resources about the importance of improving thinking or training better reasoning

 ASSESSMENT DATA TO:

  • Identify individuals with strong critical thinking and quantitative reasoning skills
  • Support hiring and placement commitments with objective metrics reporting the strength and weakness in the decision making skills and mindset of employees and job candidates
  • Inform student admissions and retention, curriculum evaluation, employee hiring, talent development, accreditation, training, research or non-profit work 
  • To enhance an existing assessment program or implement a new program.

If you need a complete thinking assessment solution: high quality tests calibrated for your test takers, quick and easy online start-up using our app based test system and ready to use comprehensive reports, contact us to see the power of our assessment results and the benefits of working with Insight Assessment.

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Insight Assessment is committed to Advancing Critical Thinking Worldwide

Insight Assessment is a global leader in the assessment of thinking skills and reasoning mindset.  We have earned this leading role because of our pioneering research about critical thinking measurement science. We have over 30 years of experience measuring thinking skills and mindset throughout the world. Our critical thinking test instruments are currently being used by universities, hospitals, businesses, government and military agencies, researchers and K-12 schools in over sixty nations and twenty languages throughout the world.

Insight Assessment is uniquely driven by our:

  • Dedication: to make sure your assessment program delivers the strong, relevant useful data clients need to meet their objectives
  • Commitment: to eliminate error due to distractions such as ESL or language issues of the test takers. 
  • Attention to detail: Multilingual user interfaces eliminate test taker confusion.
  • Superior quality: Strong assessments need equally strong culturally correct translations.

Whether you’re launching a critical thinking test program in one or more non-English speaking countries or you’re planning to assess multilingual individuals here in the USA, Insight Assessment is the high quality choice. When you choose Insight Assessment you get the value of:

High Quality Thinking Assessments:

  • We offer validated, proven and internationally recognized test instruments that are calibrated to measure the thinking skills and attributes of your test-takers.
  • International research by scholars and researchers documents the value of our test instruments.

Strong Validated Translations

  • We specialize in high quality culturally-appropriate translations of our copyright-protected, research-based tools. Each of our authorized translations is designed to match its English equivalent as a measurement tool and to be sensitive to cultural differences.
  • Our multicultural capabilities go beyond the basic language and include many country-specific variants, date formatting, number formatting, image selection, symbol selection and color selection.
  • Collaborations with international scholars who are native language speakers and using rigorous iterative translation procedures assure validity, reliability and cultural competence is achieved in the authorized translations

Language Flexibility

  • Not only are our test instruments available in multiple languages, our multilingual test interface provides the flexibility of selecting available languages for the test, interface and reports
  • 24/7, online encrypted delivery of many tests

Contact us to learn how your assessment programs for multicultural test-takers will benefit from Insight Assessment’s high quality translations.

Linking critical thinking assessment, accreditation and admissions

Student success is not guaranteed once letters of acceptance go out. 

Admissions officers have a tough job. Each year they are responsible for identifying the best possible class of incoming students. They need to admit the students who are most likely to succeed in their coursework and to make a successful transition to student life. Wading through a confusing web of test scores, GPAs, recommendations, interviews, essays, etc. to identify promising candidates is an ongoing challenge.

Critical thinking skills are essential for student success

The ability to identify applicants who have the strongest critical thinking skills and the desire to apply those skills should be an essential component of individual admission decisions, placement and advising.

There is probably no more important predictor of college level success than strength of critical thinking skills. Strong reasoning skills and positive thinking habits of mind are vital to academic success in every discipline and major field of study. That’s why colleges and universities depend on  Insight Assessment test instruments for selective admissions, transfer placement and more. Our validated, easy to use critical thinking skills and thinking mindset assessments are essential academic tools worldwide.   

Each Insight Assessment tool can be used to gather comprehensive objective data for multiple initiatives:

Contact us to find out how Insight Assessment tools can provide data for all your thinking assessment needs from admissions through graduation.  Make sure your incoming class includes students ready to learn and succeed.

Insight Assessment invites you to follow our blog, Thinking INSIGHT .

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Can you guarantee that you have the personnel to meet your company goals in 2019?

How often did your decision makers fail to meet your expectations in 2018? Were you disappointed by decisions they made, exposing you to risk of liability or setting back your progress? Your success comes down to the decision-making abilities of your personnel.

Strong thinkers deliver results and profits. Weak and lazy thinkers just cost you money and opportunities.

Thinking and decision-making skills and a commitment to your company’s mission, vision and values are important considerations at every level of your organization. 

So why would you make a hire without assessing these thinking metrics?

If you want exceptional strength in reasoning and decision making in your organization, now is the time to give your HR department the powerful assessment tools they need for hiring and professional development programs:  

  • INSIGHT Business Professional assesses the core critical thinking skills and personal mindset attributes prospective employees will bring to problem solving in their new jobs. INSIGHT Business Professional is a proven tool, developed through industry collaboration, and grounded in the sciences of measurement and human reasoning; it presents complex multi-layer job related situations that require test takers to make decisions about the next steps to resolve the dilemma.  Comprehensive individual reports document strengths and weaknesses in fifteen core components of decision making.
  • INSIGHT Development Program is a cost effective, validated self-paced program for improving decision skills and fostering a workplace culture of positive thinking mindset. Training modules can be offered as self-teaching or to supplement existing training programs.

Make 2019 a thinking year

Your success depends on it.  Now is the time to take concrete actions to improve the quality of decision-making in your company.  Your success depends on it.

Contact us to start building a staff that will maximize profits.

We can help you identify employees who have with the reasoning skills and mindset to drive current systems to the next level, the eagerness for relentless problem solving, and an eye to seize opportunities while managing risks. 

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Have you used your critical thinking skills today?  Progress in free societies depends on citizens who apply their critical thinking skills. Here are fifteen quotes to stimulate discussions about the importance of good thinking.

  • We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein
  • To every complex question there is a simple answer and it is wrong.  H.L. Mencken
  • A mind stretched by a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions. Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one. Malcolm S. Forbes
  • People can be extremely intelligent, have taken a critical thinking course, and know logic inside and out. Yet they may just become clever debaters, not critical thinkers, because they are unwilling to look at their own biases. Carol Wade.
  • Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. Thomas Jefferson
  • Education is nothing more, nor less, than learning to think.  Peter Facione
  • Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you; it means learning to respect and use your own brains and instincts; hence, grappling with hard work.  Adrienne Rich
  • The illiterates of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.  Alvin Toffler
  • Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. Martin Luther King, Jr
  • With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.  Eleanor Roosevelt
  • If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking. George S. Patton
  • A problem is a chance for you to do your best. Duke Ellington
  • Children must be taught how to think, not what to think. Margaret Mead
  • I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do. Leonardo da Vinci

Everyone can learn to think better. Challenge yourself to exercise your thinking skills everyday.

Check out the free sample critical thinking skills questions and sample items for measuring thinking attributes on our website. The Insight Assessment ipad app, Critical Thinking Insight, free at your app store ,  includes free sample questions and a variety of purchasable assessments for adults and children. Reports for each self test include scores on specific components of thinking as well as analysis to help you interpret your scores and identify ways to help develop strength in each area covered by the tests.

Insight Assessment invites you to follow our blog, Thinking INSIGHT .

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Most innovative ideas die in the implementation process. Innovation can be a catalyst to growth. However, benefiting from innovation is a two stage project.  The easy part is identifying a new or better way to meet a need in your organization. As Thomas Edison famously said, Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspirationYou need to make sure your team has the mental disciplines and mindset to drive that new idea from concept to completion.

How can you identify and cultivate potential successful innovators? Subjective signs or signals can't tell you if a candidate has the capability to be an innovator. Insight Assessment researchers have identified 5 analytical reasoning skills and 10 personal mindset characteristics that predict innovative thinking and the drive that innovators need to take an idea through implementation.   INSIGHT Business Professional is the objective assessment tool that provides comprehensive individual reports of strengths and weaknesses in each of these 15 essential thinking skills and core mindset attributes.

It’s easy to talk about wanting to be more innovative; it can be a lot harder to build innovation in your organization. Contact Insight Assessment to discover how we can help you create a workforce and culture that fosters innovation.

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