There is probably no more misunderstood technology in our arsenal than the Oxford Capacity Analysis. This was not created by Ron, but was ordered by him as he needed, back in the heady days of Phoenix, Arizona, an accurate tool for determining changes in the cases he was researching at the time.
For this task he turned to one of his highly trained auditors, a woman named Julia Salmen Lewis, to create an examination that would generate a profile of a PC. She was uniquely suited to this task as her prior experience to Scientology was as a psychologist designing profiles. She set out to create a test that would satisfy Ron’s needs for an exterior viewpoint of a case, and the result was the Oxford Capacity Analysis.
Well, actually it was called the American Standard, but when they went to England the English had a hard time taking a test with the word “American” on it – certainly for reasons revealed by the test itself!
The accumulated materials concerning the correct evaluation of this test speak to its many applications, but there was never created an actual training lineup that took an aspiring test evaluator “through the paces” to a point of mastery until very recently.
It is interesting to note that earlier on the track the only real applications of this test were conducted in the Church of Scientology, which never trained its personnel in its use as a dissemination tool. For reasons that bring one to question the motives of such an omission, they also changed the content of the test without any notion of how this would affect the accuracy of the resulting profile.
Of course, the effect was disastrous to the dissemination lines of the church and to the technical results it achieved – since programming of cases also utilized this tool as an indicator of “case state.”
Because no one had been told of the changes in the test , nor had the correct understanding of its evaluation, no one looked at the test as the reason for this sudden shift in results. This was in the mid-80’s. The church began to institute all sorts of unusual solutions to compensate for the upsets occurring for bad test evaluations, and the entire scene went in to a decline from which it has not recovered.
There is now a movement to recover this piece of lost technology, and restore it to its former stature as the primary tool for grasping the needs of people, and designing effective programs to help them resolve their issues.