Assessment and Evaluation

Assessment and evaluation is the second point of the 8-point building performance analysis developed by Barrier Sciences Group.  It entails the review of information and data from the investigative phase (known to be reliable) and is designed for two distinct purposes:

1.  To gain a thorough understanding of the root cause of the issue or problem presented
2.  To determine if additional investigation is required, based on a new-derived hypothesis

The BSG assessment team comprises members selected on a “best-fit” basis, relative to the knowledge and experience that each one brings to the assessment.  Information and data is reviewed to determine root cause(s) of the issues discovered during the investigation.

Results from the investigative phase are compared with the original hypothesis (developed prior to the investigation).  If the hypothesis is validated by the investigation and the test results, the BSG team begins the process of developing viable recommendations.

In the event that the hypothesis is not validated, the team refers to additional investigative findings in order to develop additional theories as to the cause of the issues.  It’s at this stage that additional investigation may be suggested, or additional review recommended. 

The BSG team is focused on validating the original hypothesis; the revised hypothesis; or a new hypothesis – because good decisions require good information to succeed.

Once satisfied that the information at hand is germane to the issues, a full vetting process is undertaken to confirm the accuracy and reliability of the information.  Only then is the team confident and ready to make viable recommendations.

BSG recommendations are based on the premise that the most obvious solution is often the most appropriate solution.  However, to avoid jumping to conclusions, the team also looks at “out-of-the-box” options, which are considered re:  cost, effectiveness, and practicality.

With recommendations in hand, the BSG Assessment Team is challenged to support their hypothesis; present investigative information or evidence that is supportive; and (under scrutiny) defend the recommendations presented.

As a final step in the process, recommendations are revised, relative to a Recommendation Stress Test - and at this stage, a cost-effect analysis is undertaken for each of the surviving recommendations.

The package of validated, corroborated recommendations is now ready for formalization, preparation, and inclusion into a final report.

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