When completing the Disability Standard, the maximum overall score that an organisation can achieve is 100%.
Each of the ten criteria of the Disability Standard is worth 10% of this overall score.
Each criterion is then split into five sections, which are of equal weighting, or 2% of the overall score. These five sections are: Lead, Policy & Procedure, Delivery, Review & Advantage.
There are varying numbers of questions in each section, so individual questions may carry varying weightings. For example, where a Lead section (worth 2% of the overall score) has two questions, each question will be worth 1% of the overall score. In contrast, a Delivery section might have four questions, in which case each question will be worth 0.5% of the overall score.
Completing the Disability Standard involves answering questions with 'Yes', 'No' or 'Not applicable' responses. If you answer 'Yes' to a question and upload supporting evidence (for an evaluation), you will receive the total available score for that question. If you answer 'No' to a question, you will score 0% for that question.
Where you answer 'Not Applicable' to a question and upload appropriate evidence to support this, the question is disregarded from the potential overall score. Consider the example of a section that has two questions, both worth 1% of your overall score. If you were to answer 'Not applicable' to one of these two questions, that question be discounted and will no longer be worth 1% of the overall score. Instead, the other question in that section will carry an adjusted weighting of 2%.
The Disability Standard measures best practice, so we would expect 'Not applicable' to be a rare answer.
The diagram below illustrates the scoring process and the relationship between questions, sections and criteria:
We hope the scoring structure will help you to accurately measure your organisation's progress on disability performance.