Frequently Asked Questions about STAGES

How is STAGES different from other developmental models?

While the developmental research on which it is based grew out of the Loevinger/Cook-Greuter developmental lineage, the theory and scoring method are completely new. STAGES statistical research supports three new, later stages of development; it is an integrally based model, incorporating quadrants, levels and zones, assessing both context and whole person.  Based on essential patterns of development, STAGES articulates both the wave-like patterns, as well as vertical stage aspects of development.

I am concerned about labeling people with a stage of development and placing some people higher than others. How do you address this?

Your stage of development is not you. By seeing yourself through this assessment, you are seeing into a certain aspect of yourself. Who you really are is much more than any theory anyone can ever have about you. This stage is a kind of center we balance ourselves around, while in different situations we may respond from earlier or later stages. We therefore have both a tendency towards a center of gravity and also a contextual response to the situation at hand. Development does not progress step-by-step, but in a much more complex pattern. In short, it is important to hold any model lightly and use it to support yourself in ways that are beneficial, and of course, not label yourself or anyone else with a developmental stage.

Are the higher stages better, more valuable, more important, etc?

The later stages are just that - later. We say this because people go through previous stages to get to the new ones, and this implies more experience. However you live the stage you are in, how happy, generous, compassionate, will determine more about whether the stage you are in is more valuable or more important. Later stages may have capacities that earlier stages don’t have, but they can have pathologies that limit those capacities. It's all about what you do with where you are.

Why are the models so linear and concrete? Development seems like a much messier process and doesn’t seem to follow these linear, stair-step kind of models?

This model isn’t a stair-step model. It is vertical, horizontal and diagonal, and it includes states as a part of development. We see the stages developing in a wave like fashion. No two waves are exactly the same. Nonetheless if we use the human body as a metaphor, humans all have the same number of bones in their skeleton. On top of that are their organs, their muscles and circulatory and nervous system, skin, etc., as well as the human personality. This model works more on the level of the skeleton. It won’t tell you what someone’s personality is like, or if their face is “beautiful,” black or brown, male or female---it simply describes the skeleton. Everything else is unique.

How do I take the Assessment?

It is a web-based system. After purchasing your Assessment, you will receive an invitation with full instructions to take the inventory. You your responses to 36 sentence starters will be securely recorded online. After the scoring is complete, you will receive your report online. We have been working with web-based scoring and reporting for the past 5 years.

How can I take the Assessment?

There are several ways at present. You can order the Assessment online and you will receive an email with your own personal link to the inventory. Or, you can connect with us, send us a list of people you want to take the inventory and we will send the link to each one and bill you when the scoring is complete. 

Once you connect to the testing platform, you will see 36 sentence starters, and you simply respond to each one thoughtfully. Once complete, we will score the inventory. Once scored, another email will come to you with a link that will take you to the results including your overall developmental stage, three sections of personal comments (general, themes, and recommendations), and many pages of supporting information on the framework, on each level of development, including the level that you scored at. 

How are results collated? 

We have implemented a statistical formula into the platform so that once the scoring has been completed, it will generate the "ogive" statistical score. But our analysts spend a lot of time looking at the strength of the responses in addition to that statistical score, and their input is a valuable part of the final scoring process.

Are results interpreted by the assessor initially or is it an automatically generated profile?

Although the statistics are automatically generated, the analyst scores each individual sentence, generates the comments by looking at the patterns in the writing of the participant, and generates recommendations that are specific to the particular responses of the participant.

What does the final report look like? 

The final report is an electronic report and indexed so that you can go back and forth between the comments, the stages descriptions, your responses, and the statistical results, seamlessly. The online report will always be indefinitely accessible to you online. Any part of the report can be printed.

Is it only for individuals or can you stage assess teams or organizations?

We score individuals, but we can collate individual inventories for a team or an organization so that you can learn the center of gravity of your organization, and the range of levels the organization or team has within them, and compare to other samples.