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Behaviorally Anchored Rating Scales

A behaviorally anchored rating scale (BARS) is an appraisal tool that anchors a numerical rating scale with specific examples of good or poor performance. Its proponents say it provides better, more equitable appraisals than do the other tools we discussed.

       Developing a BARS typically requires five steps:

  1. Write critical incidents
  2. Develop performance dimensions
  3. Reallocate incidents
  4. Scale the incidents
  5. Develop a final instrument
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