Completing the Comprehensive Self-Assessment

The Comprehensive Self-Assessment is the starting point for organisations to analyse and measure their access and inclusion of people with disability in all aspects of their business. 

Coordinating responses to the Comprehensive Self-Assessment

It is unlikely that one person in the organisation will know the answer to all of the questions contained in the Access and Inclusion Index.  Organisations will need to identify and engage the teams or employees that are best placed to respond to each Key Area.

The Super User can allocate Key Areas to a person in their organisation by going into the Comprehensive Self-Assessment and clicking the 'Assign User to this Assessment' button or through the edit function in the Manage User tab. If the person is not already registered to use the site, the Super User can set them up through the Manage User tab as well.

Multiple people can be assigned to a Key Area.

Users can respond to questions allocated to them, Super Users can respond to all questions. 

Responding to questions

There are 10 Key Areas in Comprehensive Self-Assessment with a varying number of questions under each. Each question has four possible responses. The possible responses are a maturity model scale that reflects an organisation's progress and capability for the access and inclusion for the needs of people with disability.

To respond to a question, Users allocated to the Key Area or the Super User simply need to click on the most appropriate response and then click the save button.

There is a requirement for each question to provide an example to support the selected response. There are two example options – free text or upload document. Examples do not need to be extensive, just enough information to support the selected response. You need to click the save button after providing an example as well.

Every organisation is different which means it is up to the organisation to identify what type of example is appropriate to support the response.

Providing examples is required if you wish to select levels 2 (basic), 3 (programmatic) and 4 (strategic) and submit your self-assessment for evaluation. It is a great way for organisations to gain insight into what they are currently doing and have done. 

A ‘How to Guide for completing the Comprehensive Self-Assessment’ has been developed alongside the Comprehensive Self-Assessment tool. This provides information on each question, including explanations of terminology used and information about examples that could be provided. 

Finalising the Assessment

Once all the questions in the Comprehensive Self-Assessment have been answered, the Assessment will be considered complete. An organisation will be able to see their overall score and scores for each Key Area.

A Comprehensive Self-Assessment can be updated once it has been completed up until it is submitted for Evaluation. 

Once the Super User submits a Comprehensive Self-Assessment for Evaluation the assessment is locked and no further changes can be made.