Assessment consideration factors
Time - Set realistic time limits which create as little interference as possible with the regular work of the elements assessed. What is the time required to achieve the desired results? The time necessary to conduct a thorough assessment will vary depending on its scope. Generally, thirty days is a reasonable time limit. Conducting an assessment over a longer period might jeopardize the quality of the information. However, in some circumstances and dependent on unit mission, OPTEMPO, deployment ops, etc., a longer or shorter assessment period may be necessary. How much time can the commander give for the assessment?
Space - Do we have private interview rooms? Is there a large enough space to do focus groups? Can you get interviewees to a central location, or do you have to go to multiple off-sites?
Personnel (e.g., military and civilian members, contractors, host national employees) - Does your unit consist of military members, civilians, and contractors? Do agreements or contracts allow for their participation? Will trust and anonymity effect participation?
Current OPTEMPO and the availability of personnel - What is currently on the unit’s short term schedule? Are people preparing for deployment/redeployment, field exercises, in garrison, on-station? Are they on block leave or in the unit?
Unit location - Are we in port or at sea? Are we in a remote location or in CONUS? Are all units collocated or in numerous distant areas?
Accessibility - Does the EOA have an appropriate security clearance/badge? Can the EOA get into secure areas/secure spaces to observe people? Does the EOA have to coordinate with security to get out of operating bases to outlying areas?
Paper versus online - Are computers available? Where? How many? Does the unit have Internet accessibility? Is bandwidth sufficient for survey document administration/processing?
Survey team size - Is a single EOA conducting the assessment, or is a team available? The EOA describes the specific capabilities of the OA team when selecting a strategy.
Other factors might also impact the assessment process, including the EOA’s experience and/or training, commander/leadership commitment, and unit members’ perceptions of the EO system.