Hello. I am Anna Witter-Merithew, the Interim Executive Director of RID. December 15-20, the RID Board of Directors will be meeting on the campus of Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. The focus of their meeting will be on the Testing and Certification Risk Assessment prepared by the HQ staff and submitted on November 1st. This will be the first opportunity that the Board has had to meet face-to-face to deliberate and make decisions about this assessment.
The Testing and Certification Risk Assessment is one of three assessments prepared by the HQ staff for the RID Board of Directors to assist them in their planning and decision-making. The first was submitted in April and related to the NOLA 15 national conference. The second is the testing and certification assessment submitted November 1st , and the third relates to biennial conference and business meetings, which was submitted at the end of November. The focus of this vlog is the testing and certification risk assessment.
For several months I have been vlogging about the testing and certification risk assessment as part of our effort to keep members informed about what is being done on the association’s behalf, by who, and for what reasons.
- One of the main purposes of the Testing and Certification Risk Assessment was to identify a range of vulnerabilities RID is facing in the following areas:
- The assessment looked at the level of severity of the risk—is it high, low, or medium? And, what is the implication of the risk for RID, both short- and long-term? Staff also determined possible countermeasures for reducing or eliminating the vulnerabilities that exist. We looked at what we could do, and what we cannot do.
- And, based on the work of a consultant in analyzing the business models used by 11 other professional testing and certifying entities, recommendations regarding possible business models were made. The goal is to move to a business model that will strengthen the viability and sustainability of the testing system.
The need for the testing and certification risk assessment arose from several things—
- Continuing concerns about testing and certification expressed by the membership and/or stakeholders in the Association Survey conducted in Spring 2015.