Staff performance management

FOI request reference: F0063484
Publication date: October 2020

Request
(i) Did you use ‘guided distribution’ or ‘forced distribution’ as part of your staff performance management procedures for your most recently completed staff appraisal cycle? Please give the month or months and year (if it was not 2020) in which final markings were given to staff.
(ii) Are you using this method as part of your current or ongoing staff appraisal cycle? Please give the month or months, and year, in which final markings are planned to be given to staff.
(iii) If the answer to (ii) is ‘yes’, do you plan to make this the last performance cycle in which you propose to use this method?
(iv) Did you continue to use forced or guided distribution after the 2016 decision of the Cabinet Office (re-delegating performance management to departments) for at least one performance cycle, and cease to do so in the interim? If so, please give the month and year in which the last forced or guided distribution-based performance markings were given to staff.
(v) Did you immediately abandon this method after the 2016 announcement notwithstanding that an appraisal cycle was already in progress?
(vi) If you no longer use guided or forced distribution, do you still use moderation sessions or meetings?
(vii) If you no longer use guided or forced distribution but still use moderation sessions or meetings, do you use or have regard to “bell curve” expectations in conjunction with such sessions or meetings?
Please make sure your response covers both the main department and any and all supporting public bodies and agencies.
Outcome
No information held.
Response
I can confirm that The National Archives does not hold this information.

We do not use forced or guided distribution and were not using it prior to 2016. We do have moderation meetings but do not use a bell curve to determine scoring.