Evidence-Based Decision Making
Evidence-Based Decision Making Create a 3-4 page overview report for the benefit of new HR hires on the importance and value of
evidence-based decision making. As an HR generalist, manager, or director, your role will be to use and interpret data and add your
expertise to make sound recommendations to the leadership of the organization. As with any new role,
taking on the role of a strategic business partner requires the acquisition of new skills. In the case of HR
professionals, these skills are mainly in the area of measuring the impact of what they do in the
organization. It is not sufficient to merely know of all the traditional HR skills (such as staffing, training,
compensation, benefits, labor relations, employee relations, or safety). Today’s HR professional must
develop the ability to consult and provide critical evaluation based on evidence. The first step in
evidence-based decision making is collecting the data needed to make these decisions. Assignment Introduction Scenario
You have been working in the human resources department of a mid-sized firm for a few years. Your
boss, Evelyn Unger, has come to you with an internal project. The new HR hires are educated and
talented, but they have limited hands on experience in real-world human resources. Your Challenge Your boss likes your work and wants to provide an overview for the new HR hires to review regarding
decision making and data. Assignment Instructions Create a 3–4 page overview report for the benefit of the new HR hires on the importance and value of
evidence-based decision making. This should include:
• Explain evidence-based decision making.
o What is meant by “evidence based?”
o How do you know what evidence is appropriate for the situation?
• Describe the importance of data.
o Why use data?
o How should you use data?
o What happens if you don’t use data?
• Define HR metrics.
o What types of metrics are used in HR?
o How do you get it?
o Where do you get it from?
• Define analytics.
o How are analytics used in HR?
o What role does the HR professional play in analytics?
• Explain the significance of collecting the correct data.
o What happens if the wrong data is collected?
• Provide an overview of measurement and collection (dashboard, HR scorecard, benchmarking
and return on investment [ROI]). Review the HR Challenge: Evidence-Based Decision Making Scoring Guide to see the criteria by which
your assignment will be evaluated. Before submitting your assignment for evaluation, review your draft
in SafeAssign to check your use of source material. Submission Requirements The deliverable for this assessment applies professional skills in human resources management (HRM)
to workplace situations which you will likely encounter in your day-to-day work in HRM. As part of your
learning, we focus on the development of effective professional communication skills for the workplace.
Your assessment should meet the following additional requirements:
• Length: Your overview report should be 3–4 typed, double-spaced pages, not including the
cover and resources pages.
o The first page should be a cover sheet with your name, the course number, assessment
title, and date. No other information is required on this page.
o The last page should be the reference list.
• Organization: Make sure that your assessment writing is well-organized, using headings and
subheadings to organize content for the reader.
• Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12-point font.
• Resources: Use a minimum of 2 references from trade or peer-reviewed publications.
• Evidence: Support your assertions with data and/or in-text citations.
• APA formatting: Format resources and in-text citations according to current APA Style and
• Written communication:
o Support main points and recommendations with relevant and credible evidence.
o Address the appropriate audience, using familiar, discipline-specific language and
o Use spell-check and other tools to ensure correct spelling and grammar. ePortfolio
You should consider adding this assignment to your personal ePortfolio. This assignment demonstrates
your ability to analyze data and develop recommendations based on your analysis. This skill is necessary
in a professional setting when you are trying to make strategic recommendations. You will want to
organize your assignments to easily support future reflection and completion of your HRM capstone
project as well as for showcasing your knowledge with employers after graduation. For more
information on ePortfolio, visit the Campus ePortfolio page. Competencies Measured By successfully completing this assignment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following
• Competency 1: Apply models of decision making to HR issues.
o Explain the significance of collecting the correct data.
o Provide an overview of measurement and collection (dashboard, HR scorecard,
benchmarking, and return on investment [ROI]).
• Competency 2: Apply the use of data and evidence-based decision making in HR decision
o Explain evidence-based decision making.
o Describe the importance of data.
o Define HR metrics.
o Define analytics.
• Competency 4: Communicate clearly, accurately, and professionally in the HR field.
o Convey purpose in an appropriate tone and style, incorporating supporting evidence
and adhering to organizational, professional, and scholarly writing stan