Behavior Analysis in Practice

, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 129–138 | Cite as

An Evaluation of the Performance Diagnostic Checklist—Human Services (PDC–HS) Across Domains

  • David A. Wilder
  • Joshua Lipschultz
  • Chana Gehrman
Special Section: Supervision in Practice.


The Performance Diagnostic Checklist—Human Services (PDC–HS) is an informant-based tool designed to assess the environmental variables that contribute to poor employee performance in human service settings. Although the PDC–HS has been shown to effectively identify variables contributing to problematic performance, interventions based on only two of the four PDC–HS domains have been evaluated to date. In addition, the extent to which PDC–HS-indicated interventions are more effective than nonindicated interventions for two domains remains unclear. In the current study, we administered the PDC–HS to supervisors to assess the variables contributing to infrequent teaching of verbal operants and use of a timer by therapists at a center-based autism treatment program. Each of the four PDC–HS domains was identified as contributing to poor performance for at least one therapist. We then evaluated PDC–HS-indicated interventions for each domain. In addition, to assess the predictive validity of the tool, we evaluated various nonindicated interventions prior to implementing a PDC–HS-indicated intervention for two of the four domains. Results suggest that the PDC–HS-indicated interventions were effective across all four domains and were more effective than the nonindicated interventions for the two domains for which they were evaluated. Results are discussed in terms of the utility of the PDC–HS to identify appropriate interventions to manage therapist performance in human service settings.


Performance assessment Performance Diagnostic Checklist—Human Services Performance management Staff evaluation Verbal operants 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

The authors have complied with all ethical standards. All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Declaration of Helsinki and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards. Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Behavior AnalysisFlorida Institute of Technology and the Scott Center for Autism TreatmentMelbourneUSA

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