Accreditation self-assessments

What are self-assessments?

The self-assessments are a structured process that help organizations assess their current performance against the standards. A self-assessment is an opportunity for reflection, which helps teams have a discussion about quality and safety, determine which areas require more detailed review and follow-up and inform action planning.

 Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ)

The self-assessment questionnaire gathers staff perspectives on a variety of topics such as organizational resources and capacity, patient safety and quality, among others. There is no preparation required— staff are simply asked to rate each criteria on a five-point scale based on agreement with the criteria (see example below).

Good to know!

  • There is no preparation required
  • The SAQs are done as a group
  • The SAQ usually takes two hours
  • Surveyors do not have access to results

How do I complete the SAQ?

The questionnaire is completed online as a group. Sessions are two hours to allow time for group discussion, but may be completed in less time.

After the self-assessment is complete, Accreditation Canada compiles the responses and prepares an aggregate report for teams to review. As a reminder, surveyors do not have access to the results and we are not evaluated based on the results of our self-assessments. The process is just for us to reflect on the criteria and create action plans as needed.

Sample portal login screen