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date: 14 August 2020

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In recent years there have been growing efforts, domestically as well as internationally, to develop human resources (HR) standards that might provide useful guidance for organizations. We identify four broad types of standards: practice standards, measurement standards, feasibility standards, and predictive standards. After reviewing the history, current status, and potential consequences and uses of HR standards, we consider how scholars and researchers might become more involved in the standards-development process. A third section considers whether linkage research and meta-analytic frameworks might inform predictive standards and their relationship to HR standards. We then offer a simple framework and some examples that show where HR evidence and standards do and do not intersect. The final section suggests how researchers could define research questions and describe the implications of their findings in ways that might make research evidence more “feasible at scale” and thus forge a stronger link between research and standard-setting.

Keywords: HR standards, feasible at scale, practice standards, measurement standards, predictive standards, linkage research

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