Member Benefit: Background Screening Best Practices

October 21, 2021, Department, by NRPA

2021 November We Are Parks and Rec Member Benefit Background Screening Best Practices 410

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Background Investigation Bureau (BIB) and NRPA’s partnership helps park and recreation agencies conduct better background screenings. Here are a few things to keep in mind to help prevent risk:

What is your background check costing you?

Not all background checks are the same. The best approach is to ask, “Are we getting the best quality screen for a fair price?”

How healthy is your data?

Most information received by states is through county records. Ideally, the information would be correct and complete; however, in many cases, the records are either missing data or inaccurate. You’ll need to assess what screening methods you are using to get the best data from every state relevant to your applicants.

Are you getting the full story?

When records are missing or pertinent information from a record is lost, such as final dispositions, it becomes challenging to make effective hiring decisions. Making sure you’re receiving the best data possible from as many sources as possible ensures you’re getting the full story.

What is the turnaround time?

While the majority of quality background checks are completed in less than 72 hours, most delays experienced are related to jurisdictions being searched. For example, a court runner is physically going to a courthouse. While this is a highly effective process, it can lead to longer turnaround times because of court access hours, staff or technology available. It’s important for you to know of any jurisdictions you may be accessing regularly that could cause common delays.

If you would like more information on how your agency can develop the best background screening methodology, visit NRPA members will gain immediate peace of mind knowing that your volunteers and employees are well-vetted using some of the most powerful and advanced background checks available.

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