Assessing skills, skills needs, performance and capability
SFIA is used extensively in the assessment of existing capability, at both an individual and an organisational level. Assessment is a valuable initial diagnostic stage that feeds into subsequent analysis and development.
SFIA provides a powerful diagnostic tool to enable skills assessments to be made. Individuals can assess their current skills and experience, identify their goals, and use such assessments for planning their personal professional development journey by determining the skills and levels they want to achieve.
Organisations can assess an individual’s skills in an objective manner to support subsequent analysis and development planning. The objective nature of the SFIA descriptions help managers to reach an assessment that is agreed by the person being assessed.
The core framework itself does not provide instructions for assessment or the specific mix of skills that an individual or organisation should be assessed against. Assessment guidelines have been developed by the SFIA global community - these are available on the website.