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Evaluating the performance improvement preferences of disability service managers: An exploratory study using Gilbert’s Behavior Engineering model

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posted on 2023-05-19, 00:38 authored by Wooderson, J, Monica CuskellyMonica Cuskelly, Meyer, K
Background: Front-line managers play an important role in managing the performance of staff working in services for people with intellectual disability, but little is known about the practices they prefer to use to improve staff performance and whether these align with what research has shown to be effective.

Method: This study comprised two phases. First, the present authors tested the validity and reliability of a short questionnaire designed to evaluate managers’ preferences for performance improvement practices. Then, the present authors collected and analysed responses from 175 managers working in disability services in Queensland, Australia.

Results: The questionnaire demonstrated good content validity, concurrent validity and test–retest reliability. The participants believed strategies related to changing employee individual characteristics to be more effective than strategies aimed at improving environmental factors.

Conclusions: This study provides important considerations regarding the professional development needs of front-line managers working in organizations that provide services to people with intellectual disability.

History

Publication title

Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities

Volume

30

Issue

4

Pagination

661-671

ISSN

1360-2322

Department/School

Faculty of Education

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd

Place of publication

USA

Rights statement

Copyright 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd

Repository Status

  • Restricted

Socio-economic Objectives

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