How To Conduct Divorce Vocational Evaluations During COVID-19

A vocational evaluation is a useful tool for divorce cases, providing a wide variety of information. This evaluation can determine an individual’s ability to work, wage earning capacity, and available jobs in the local labor market. Both formal and informal types of data can be obtained from vocational evaluations. Informal data includes information that can be gathered from interviews and observation, and data is performance driven (Barros-Bailey, 2020). Formal data includes data that has supporting conclusions and/or interpretations, such as standardized tests (Barros-Bailey, 2020). With this information, a vocational expert provides a complete employment picture of an individual. Discover what has changed for divorce vocational evaluations during COVID-19 with the help of Vocational Expert Services.

Teleconferencing Software Enables Vocational Evaluations

Before COVID-19, vocational interviews and testing were mainly conducted in person. While vocational interviews still take place, COVID-19 has impacted how they are conducted. Precautions are now in place to ensure the health and safety of the vocational expert and the evaluee (test taker). This is in order to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regulations. For example, traditional face-to-face interviews are now conducted via phone or a teleconferencing software such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams.

Testing Precautions For Teleconferenced Vocational Tests

There are various vocational tests available for proctoring via a teleconferencing software. This allows the vocational expert to conduct testing safely fully remote. It is an option when the vocational expert “can support that the integrity of the test administration is preserved within this adapted format” (WPS, 2019). The expert must consider factors like evaluee considerations, security requirements, copyright, connectivity and system requirements, and score reporting. There are also remote proctoring precautions to follow in order to allow testing. For example, before beginning a vocational test, the identity of an assessee is verified. This is done by checking the evaluee’s license or State ID card in the teleconferencing software being used. In doing so, the expert confirms the correct person is testing. Additionally, the assessee must showcase the workspace. They do this by walking around the room to demonstrate he/she is alone and there are no unauthorized materials or aids.

Conducting Vocational Evaluations With Your Safety In Mind

It’s true that changes have been made to allow for divorce vocational evaluations during COVID-19 in a virtual setting. In fact, the pandemic changed the manner in which interviews and vocational testing will be conducted for the unforeseeable future. However, it is solely for the health and safety of the vocational expert and evaluee. Luckily, the various tests have the ability and proper protocols that enable virtual or remote testing. Vocational experts can utilize appropriate teleconferencing software and tools to aid in the remote administration of tests and still collect the formal data necessary. While changes and adaptations have occurred, it is possible to maintain the safety of all parties involved. By ensuring the appropriate manufacturers’ and CDC guidelines are followed, your vocational expert can get the information provided by a vocational evaluation.

 

 

 

References

Barros-Bailey, M. (2020). Best Practices in Remote Assessment [PowerPoint presentation]. International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals Conference, Virtual Conference, United States.

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