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A Practitioners’ Perspective on Developmental Models, Metrics and Community

Chad Stewart, Zach Smith and Norio Suzuki

Abstract: This article builds on a paper by Stein and Heikkinen (2009), and suggests ways to expand and improve our measurement of the quality of the developmental models, metrics and instruments and the results we get in collaborating with clients. We suggest that this dialogue needs to be about more than stage development measured by (even calibrated) stage development-focused, linguistic-based, developmental psychology metrics that produce lead indicators and are shown to be reliable and valid by psychometric qualities alone. The article first provides a brief overview of our background and biases, and an applied version of Ken Wilber’s Integral Operating System that has provided increased development, client satisfaction, and contribution to our communities measured by verifiable, tangible results (as well as intangible results such as increased ability to cope with complex surroundings, reduced stress and growth in developmental stages to better fit to the environment in which our clients were engaged at that time). It then addresses four key points raised by Stein and Heikkinen (need for quality control, defining and deciding on appropriate metrics, building a system to evaluate models and metrics, and clarifying and increasing the reliability and validity of the models and metrics we use) by providing initial concrete steps to:
• Adopt a systemic value-chain approach
• Measure results in addition to language
• Build on the evaluation system for instruments, models and metrics suggested by Stein & Heikkinen
• Clarify and improve the reliability and validity of the instruments, models and metrics we use.
We complete the article with an echoing call for the community of Applied Developmental Theory suggested by Ross (2008) and Stein and Heikkinen, a brief description of that community (from our perspective), and a table that builds on Table 2 proposed by Stein and Heikkinen.

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