Evaluation and optimization of the Aachen Profile Module (ProMo), a standardized quality assurance instrument of the individual job rehabilitation process
The Aachen Profile Module (ProMo) was designed as an instrument for internal as well as external quality assurance and was developed specifically for job rehabilitation. It is intended to document the rehabilitation process transparently for each beneficiary and to enable direct comparisons between rehabilitants, qualification areas and Vocational Training Centres. The instrument records rehabilitation- and integration-relevant aspects in a standardized manner on the basis of twelve scales and, starting from this, guides the formulation of individual support needs and target agreements.
The project examines the extent to which ProMo fulfills the general psychometric quality criteria. The aim of the project is to determine the main and secondary quality criteria of the procedure as well as the empirically based optimization of the instrument. To this end, objectivity, reliability, validity, sensitivity, acceptance, economy, and manageability of the procedure will be assessed in three series of studies (interrater agreement in small teams, overall measure, and self- and external assessment).
Overall, the results obtained speak for a high quality of the Aachen Profile Module. Systematically empirically based suggestions for optimizing the procedure are derived from the acceptance survey, the extensive testing, the workshops with users, and the continuous exchange in expert panels. With the optimization of the Aachen Profile Module, a valid, reliable, objective and sensitive procedure has been created that economically and in a standardized way maps aspects of individual rehabilitation courses that are relevant to vocational training and integration. Thus, for the first time, a quality assurance instrument is available for BFWe that can assure a high quality of the collected data and thus contribute significantly to internal as well as external quality assurance.
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