Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy



First Advisor

Dr. Heather M. McGee

Second Advisor

Dr. Alyce M. Dickinson

Third Advisor

Dr. Douglas A. Johnson

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Laura Methot


functional assessment, performance assessment, performance analysis, organizational behavior, pre-intervention assessment


The primary purpose of this study was to compare the recommendation outcomes of two commonly utilized functional assessment tools in the field of Organizational Behavior Management (OBM): the Performance Diagnostic Checklist (PDC) and the Performance Flowchart. Recommendations made using these tools fell into one of three categories: antecedent-based, consequence-based, and uncategorized interventions. In order to assess the recommendations resulting from each of these tools, participants were trained to either (a) play the role of a manager with an organizational issue, or (b) play the role of a performance consultant. A between-groups design was utilized in which performance consultants used either the PDC or Performance Flowchart, depending upon their group, to analyze the organizational issue presented by a manager.

The results of this study indicated no distinct difference between the recommendations resulting from the PDC and Performance Flowchart. Both tools resulted in a higher percentage of antecedent-based recommendations than consequence-based recommendations.

Access Setting

Dissertation-Open Access