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How to Build and Activate a JDS Benchmark

STEP 1: Build a New Benchmark

You must have at least one participant listed with a ‘Yes’ in the ‘Completed’ column in order to create a JDS benchmark.

To create a new benchmark using JDS participants, first place a check mark in the box to the left of the participants you wish to use. Then click the <Build JDS Benchmark> button.

Note: Clicking on the notepad and pencil icon will give you the participant’s JDS worksheet responses to each question in the JDS, in PDF format. This worksheet is for your reference only and is not mandatory for building the benchmark.


STEP 2: Review and Edit Benchmark Details

  • Benchmark Type: This will default to the method used to create the benchmark
  • Benchmark Name: Update this field and use a benchmark name that will help identify it at a later date.
  • Status: The benchmark will remain ‘Not Activated’ until you have confirmed the Benchmark’s validity and have manually activated it.
  • Benchmark Description: This description will only appear in the Benchmark List and is not mandatory.
  • Date Created: The system will automatically enter the Date Created and the Date Last Edited.
  • JDS Participants: The system will automatically list the number and names of all JDS Participants used to build the JDS Study.


STEP 3 (Opt.): Adjusting the Benchmark

Users have the option of adjusting the benchmark. To adjust the benchmark scales, click on the ‘Benchmark’ beside ‘Select a paintbrush’ and then on the box in the scale you want to adjust. The box will change to Green. Clicking ‘Critical’ will allow you to paint the scale box Red. Clicking on ‘Erase will allow you to put the appropriate scale sections back to White.

Note: The Green stens indicate the desired benchmark area. The Red stens indicate areas where candidates should not land. There must be a minimum of one white sten between the green and red sections.


STEP 4: Save the Benchmark

To save the benchmark, click on <Save & Close>. Clicking on <Save as New & Close> will create two benchmarks. This allows you to save the original JDS benchmark and the entry with adjustments separately.


STEP 5: Benchmark List and Reports

Once a Benchmark has been created, it will show the Benchmark List tab with the ‘Position Details’.


STEP 6: Accessing Benchmark Reports

Clicking on the notepad and pencil icon to the right of the Benchmark will give you the two Benchmark Reports.

To view the Benchmark Description Report, click on the first notepad and pencil icon to the right of the Benchmark.

To view the Benchmark Development Report, click on the second notepad and pencil icon located to the right of the Benchmark name (you can hover over the icon and it will say ‘Benchmark Development Report’). After the JDS results are compiled, disagreements between survey participants can be resolved using the Benchmark Development Report as a guide. This report will help analyze the benchmark you just created by displaying areas of wide disbursement between the JDS Study participants, so that you may determine if any adjustments are necessary.  Part 2 of this report displays a JDS Study benchmark graph and the areas of disagreement are denoted with an asterix <*>.

Note: This report should be reviewed if you have two or more JDS study participants taking part in the JDS Study.

The notation of ‘ME’ next to a Benchmark indicates this Benchmark has been manually edited by the user following the benchmark generation.


STEP 7: Activate the Benchmark

To activate the benchmark, place a check mark in box to the right of the Benchmark name, then click <Activate>.

To activate a benchmark for the first time, your account will be charged 40 credits. After initial activation you may activate a different benchmark/revise the benchmark for the same position at no extra charge. Once activated, the Benchmark will show an ‘A’ next to the Benchmark’s name.

Note:  Only one benchmark associated with the Position can be activated at any time.