The first guideline to Tenet 8 of the ICMA Code of Ethics commits members to routinely assess their professional skills and abilities. To help members fulfill this responsibility, ICMA partnered with the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University to develop the Applied Knowledge Assessment. This tool can help users determine their relative management strengths and choose the areas where they want to focus their professional development time.
The Applied Knowledge Assessment is made up of several multiple-choice questions that tap your knowledge of local government principles and practices and your ability to apply them to management situations. You work through the assessment at your own speed and receive immediate, confidential scoring and feedback. To ensure the applicability of the assessment, more than 200 members—representing local government management professionals of all jurisdiction sizes and types, personal demographics, and years of service—validated the instrument.
This instrument is the only overall management assessment tool developed exclusively for local government managers based on ICMA's Practices for Effective Local Government Management. These are the practices that ICMA members have agreed are essential to effective management. The practices are the foundation on which members build their own personal programs of professional development, and around which the ICMA University designs its offerings.