This ICF International white paper reviews the impact of the 360 assessment, which provides points of data about an individual's job skills, abilities, and behaviors from multiple perspectives. The information can be used to plan a course of action forward to guide personal and professional development. Often referred to as a "full circle" assessment, a 360 assessment typically includes feedback from an individual's supervisor, colleagues, and subordinates as well as a self-assessment.
For most 360 assessments, the feedback is anonymous and typically includes numerical ratings assigned to specific behaviors by various raters as well as written answers to open-ended questions. Feedback is compiled into one cohesive report that enables individuals to compare and contrast multiple views of themselves from multiple perspectives.