Dave Bartram Award Keynote

Dave Bartram
University of Kent

Tom Oakland Award Keynote presentation:  The importance of the ITC in global testing

My working life has been pursued down two interlocking pathways: an academic research and development path which developed from an initial interest in cognition into the development of computer-based information-processing and psychomotor testing in the 1980s. This culminated in my R&D work for SHL from 1998 up to my retirement. I was privileged to work with a team that developed the Universal Competency Framework and the use of multi-dimensional IRT in personality assessment.  The second pathway was a focus on standards based on a belief that psychological testing was the most powerful tool developed by psychology; that it’s proper use was of great potential benefit and that its misuse was potentially dangerous. To my mind, the key element in realising the potential afforded by the use of psychological measurement lay in the competence of the user. That belief lay behind my work for the BPS, EFPA and the ITC in the development of guidelines, standards and competence-based user qualifications. I’m delighted to say that we are now working with the ITC to provide access to the materials people need to help them become competent through the medium of online learning. With Pat Lindley and Dragos Iliescu, I have been working on the design and implementation of the ITC Learning Centre, where ITC members will be able to access materials covering all areas of practice in tests and testing. This talk will describe the background to this development and what it could provide as a future role for the ITC given the global reach of this organization.

Professional summary:
Dr Dave Bartram was Chief Psychologist for CEB’s Talent Management Labs until 2016. Before SHL’s acquisition by CEB he was Research Director for SHL and prior to that Dean of the Faculty of Science and the Environment and Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Hull, UK.

He has been awarded Fellowships by the British Psychological Society (BPS), the Ergonomics Society, the International Test commission (ITC), the Academy of Social Sciences, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) and the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP). He is Extraordinary Professor in the Department of Human Resource Management at the University of Pretoria, South Africa and an Honorary Professor at the University of Kent.

In 2004 he received the BPS Award for Distinguished Contribution to Professional Psychology and in 2015 the BPS Division of Occupational Psychology’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2017 he received the Robert Roe Award for contributions to society from EFPA. He has published widely in the area of psychological testing both scientific research relating to computer-based testing and competency assessment and in relation to professional issues, especially occupational standards and testing standards.

He is a Registered Occupational Psychologist and Chartered member of the BPS. He now operates as an independent consultant.