ATP Special Interest Groups Continue to Garner

Interest and Support

ATP's two Special Interest Groups (SIGs), the Public Sector SIG chartered in 2013 and launched in concert with the 2014 E-ATP Conference, and the Health Sector SIG chartered in 2015 and launched during the 2016 Innovations Conference, continue to garner interest among ATP members and new audiences, and, in the case of the Public Sector SIG, support from global governments.

The Public Sector SIG, lead by a team consisting of David Bearfield, Director of the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO), Martha Helena Lopez, Director of Strategic Planning and Staffing at the United Nations and Paula Chadwick, Assistant to the EPSO Director, has conducted two successful organizational, networking and learning meetings in Budapest and Dublin.  They are currently planning on meeting in Lisbon September 26 and 27, prior to the 2016 E-ATP Conference.

"The concept of a Public Sector Special Interest group focused on testing and assessment issues in public sector recruiting was first made public in 2012. A dedicated group of organizations, lead by ATP in concert with EPSO, planned and launched an inaugural International Public Sector Assessment for Recruitment Conference (IPSAR) in Madrid. The  Conference was supported by the Instituto Nacional de Administracion Publica, CEB/SHL, Prometric and Hudson, and was well received by attendees from a number of public offices across Europe and the Americas," noted ATP CEO William G. Harris.  After that successful launch, ATP chartered the group in 2013 and the SIG ran two more successful meetings, which were supported in Budapest in 2014 by the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in Dublin in 2015 by the Public Appointments Service of Ireland.

The Public Sector  event in Lisbon will be hosted by the Portuguese Institute of Public Administration. Registration for the event is free to public sector personnel and this year a limited number of sponsorships will be considered from vendors who can contribute education and solutions to a public sector recruitment audience.  To learn more about the Public Sector SIG, visit their pages on the ATP website at For information on registering contact Paula Chadwick and for information on sponsoring contact Lauren Scheib.


The Health Sector SIG, which was chartered in 2015, was officially launched this March at the Innovations Conference in Orlando. The leadership team consists of Ian Frank, CEO of the Australian Medical Council and David Waldschmidt, Director of Testing Services for the Join Commission on National Dental Examinations. 

The objectives of the Health Sector SIG, as outlined by Ian Frank at the kick off meeting, include bringing together the healthcare sector with the testing industry in order to advance assessment and testing in health care through innovation, best practice, networking, and the exchange of information and expertise. A number of strategies for carrying out the new SIGs mission include serving as a voice for health-related issues in testing and assessment; making presentations and contributions to ATP programs; and facilitating the participation of individuals and organizations within health-related industries who are not currently members of ATP.

To learn more about the Healthcare SIG, visit their webpage on the ATP website.

For individuals interested in the Healthcare SIG that were not able to hand in their email address at the launch in Orlando, contact Susan Buick to be added to the mailing list.