How It Works: Instant Assessment

All content within the Instant Assessment is derived from the knowledge amassed and curated within the R100 scorecards.

By selecting the statements which best reflect a company's practices on any given issue, and providing a short explanation where necessary or appropriate, companies and organisations generate Instant Assessment scores within minutes.

Organisations derive a R100 score on each issue. These are also combined to calculate the overall R100 Instant Assessment score. These results may be verified by the R100 team if the organisation wishes. The Instant Assessment is a diagnostic tool, not a reporting tool. As such, results are for internal use and sharing with colleagues only.

The Instant Assessment uses the knowledge contained within the full scorecards which is split into 'layers', issue by issue, and then described by multiple choice statements in terms of POOR, OKAY, GOOD, EXCELLENT practices.

For example, Managing Waste can be split into three layers:

  1. the extent to which waste reduction relates to the core purpose or strategy of the business or organisation;
  2. adherence to the 3 Rs (reducing, reusing, recycling); and
  3. whether, and to what extent, waste audits are undertaken.

Each of these can be described in terms of POOR, OKAY, GOOD and EXCELLENT practices. So the Instant Assessment for managing waste presents multiple choice statements for each of these layers. Depending on the responses selected across the three layers, an overall score is generated.

Respondent organisations select the statements that best describe the policies and practices they pursue. If none of the statements reflect what the organisation does, there is an opportunity to explain this. The alternatives to the POOR, OKAY, GOOD and EXCELLENT statements are either to state "this is not relevant to our organisation", and explain why. Or to say "none of these statements describes what our organisation does" in which case the respondent briefly explains his or her company's practices.

Because the function of the Instant Assessment provides respondents the opportunity to contribute new examples of policy and practice not previously known nor therefore contained within the existing scorecard, use of the Instant Assessment tool enables the ongoing development and improvement of the scorecards.

Responsible 100 is committed to ongoing, iterative scorecard development, i.e. updating and improving the definitions and descriptions of POOR, OKAY, GOOD and EXCELLENT practice, across all the issues we examine, which underpins the services we offer.

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