The STAGES Assessment identifies your core stage of perspective development within the STAGES model, a new theory and assessment methodology for human development. This is the level from which you consistently make meaning of your life’s experiences. The profile indicates a variety of common themes, including strengths and challenges. These themes include your interior thinking and emotions, your actions and collective experiences, and ways you approach balance between these aspects of your life. The assessment also provides a practical recommendations for further development and learning. Your stage is a coherent and internally consistent belief system that describes how you are likely to think, feel, and behave in various life situations. Each stage also has its own strength and vulnerabilities. STAGES makes subtle and explicit distinctions at all levels of development including the later-end of the personal developmental spiral and includes ego-transcendent perspectives.
If you’d like more information about STAGES you can download an overview of the STAGES Model.
- Obtain a deep understanding of how you make meaning and what influences your daily strategies and actions.
- Gain a greater understanding of your relationships, and strategies for communication with others.
- Learn your stage, or world-view, and level of perspective development.
- Receive personalized comments on your assessment that highlight your particular strengths, vulnerabilities and learning strategies.
- Gain a picture of where you are in your developmental path and what is next for you.
- With optional coaching, gain a deep understanding of the personal implications of your STAGES Assessment, as well as personalized developmental and learning practices you can put to use immediately.
The Assessment Process
The first step in taking an Assessment is to complete a survey. All Assessments are done using a survey method called a Sentence Completion Test (SCT), a well-established methodology that is widely used in psychological research. The person taking the Assessment is given a list of sentence stems and is asked to complete each sentence. We call this list an Inventory. The inventory indicates a variety of common themes, including strengths and challenges. These themes include your interior cognition and emotions, your actions, intersubjective collective experiences, the orientation you have to structures, and ways you approach balance between these aspects of your life.
Choosing an Inventory
If you order the Standard or Premium Assessment, our General Inventory is the default inventory. But you may also choose one of three others:
- Leadership/Organization: This inventory will have you respond to sentence starters that relate specifically to leadership and organizational life in addition to general sentence starters.
- Education: This inventory will have you respond to sentence starters that relate specifically to perspectives people take on Education, in addition to general sentence starters.
- Levels of Love: This inventory will have you respond to sentence starters that relate specifically to perspectives people take on love and how love grows and develops, in addition to general sentence starters.
You may choose one of these if you have a strong interest in that particular area. All inventories will score you at the same level. However, the subset of responses in the specialty inventories will give us an understanding of a level that you are in the specialty and will also help the scorer give you feedback related to these specialty topics.If you don’t have a strong interest in one of these specialty areas then choose the General Inventory.
The Entry Level Assessment is only available as a version of the General Inventory.
What to Expect
After you have completed the Inventory it will be “scored” by a Certified Scorer. Scoring is the process of evaluating each completed sentence and assigning a developmental level to it. The scoring process is very rigorous and is continually validated, and all Scorers must complete a rigorous training process and be certified to score.
Based on the results of your Inventory, the Scorer will write a report giving you detailed feedback about your results, including:
- A summary statement that describes your level of development and the range of levels you scored in.
- The themes we find in four categories: Your interiors, your action orientation, your intersubjectivity and your structural orientation.
- Recommendations for practice based on your results.
You will typically receive your report within 21 days of completing your Inventory.
After the report is delivered to you, you will be contacted by a Certified Debriefer to schedule a debrief of the report. (Except for the Entry Level Assessment, which does not include a Debrief.) The Debrief is a one hour session conducted by phone, Skype, Zoom, etc., in which the Debriefer will explain the report, advise you how to use it, and answer any questions you have. All Debriefers must complete a rigorous training and be certified.
To support the validity of the STAGES model we have done a number of research studies. The first was a replicability study with another ego development scale in which STAGES inventories using the new STAGES scoring system was compared using the Kappa statistic. The results of that study showed a high degree of replicability to the other scale.
Another study was done to show four later levels of development in what we call “The MetAware tier”. Because there was no other scale that had all four of these stages we did an inter-rater reliability study which also gave us a very respectable reliability rating at each of the four later levels. To shore this up we have been doing a longitudinal study over the past 13 years testing and retesting research clients every two years to follow their development. This study has shown that these research clients move from stage to stage into and through the four MetAware stages. This supports the developmental trajectory of these four later stages which an inter-rater reliability can’t show.
For the purpose of triangulation a rich and rigorous literature review was done on all parts of the scale and the theory it was built upon.
Lastly as a support to the STAGES scale we have done a study on a million and a half words, following their placement within developmental levels. We have created a four quadrant rubric to pour every client’s completions through, and this is a another test for the accuracy of the scoring process. It helps us take another look from a completely different lens at the developmental level of the client.
We also create specialty inventories in which the general inventory is altered by taking out 6 sentence starters and adding in 6 specialty sentence starters. We have a number of people take the new specialty inventory and then submit them to our statistician who does a Cronbach’s Alpha to ensure that we are still testing what this test is supposed to test; ego development and the perspectives that arise out of that. Below you will see the different types of inventories that are available for taking.
What People are Saying
As a founding member of the Integral Institute, a founding teacher at the Integral Spiritual Center and as a part of the STAGES research team it is clear to me that in unparalleled ways STAGES honors, weaves together, and builds on Ken Wilber’s integral theory and the work of Jane Loevinger and Susanne Cook-Greuter on stages of human development. Through STAGES, Dr. Terri O’Fallon has developed the cutting edge theoretical and practical approach to provide the world the best means yet to understand, measures and pursue the interrelated quest of growing up and waking up into the highest reaches of human potential.
This is the recommended Assessment for most people. It defaults to the Standard Inventory but you may choose the Inventory of your choice (details below) Included is a detailed report with 2-3 recommended practices, plus a one hour Debrief. Scoring and Debriefing are done by Certified Scorers and Debriefers.
Assessment Report and Debrief: XXX
This Assessment is best for those who want to get an accurate assessment of their developmental level, but aren’t ready to commit to a full Assessment.
Consists of a an abbreviated Standard Inventory (16 stems) and a more concise report. Does not include a Debrief. Scoring is done by Certified Scorers.
If after taking the Entry Level Assessment you would like to take the Standard or Premium Assessment with Debrief, we will give you a discount of $150 you can apply if you order either of them within _6_ months.
Assessment Report Only: XXX
This is an enhanced version of Standard Assessment:
- Scoring and Debriefing are done by Terri O’Fallon PhD. Terri is the developer and principal researcher of the STAGES Model, and she has trained and certified all of our Scorers and Debriefers.
- The report is more detailed and has more recommended practices
- The Debrief is 75 minutes (vs. 60 for Standard)
Assessment Report and Debrief: XXX
Most people find that once they have completed an Assessment it is very helpful to get ongoing support from a coach, therapist or other counsellor. This support is particularly helpful in working with Shadow material, which by definition can be very hard to see.
We maintain a network of coaches, mentors, consultants and therapists who use STAGES in their work with clients. All practitioners in this network are Certified Debriefers and we have formal agreements to insure their use of STAGES conforms to high professional and ethical standards. We nourish this network with ongoing training, and we encourage practitioners to share their experience so that we can continually refine STAGES and its applications.
Click here for a list of our certified Practitioners.
How is STAGES different from other developmental models?
I am concerned about labeling people with a stage of development and placing some people higher than others. How do you address this?
Are the higher stages better, more valuable, more important, etc?
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?
How do I take the Assessment?
How are results collated?
Are results interpreted by the assessor initially or is it an automatically generated profile?
What does the final report look like?
Is it only for individuals or can you stage assess teams or organizations?
Terri O’Fallon PhD, Founder of the STAGES Model & Research Director
Geoff Fitch, Certified Analyst & Coach
Venita Ramirez, Certified Analyst
John Kesler, Certified Analyst