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Once they have registered participating organisations are given a secure login, so they can access the National Inclusion Standard portal which contains the online submission form and additional guidance. Organisations are asked to provide a written account of their activities in a number of areas; grouped under the six pillars of inclusion and diversity and must upload evidence to demonstrate their work in each area. To ensure our assessment is subjective and rigorous, evidence is required in most areas of the Standard, in order to earn any marks.
Additional written guidance is provided to enable organisations to fully understand what is required in each area and to ensure they are providing an accurate response which gives the best account of their activities.
After the submission deadline, responses are marked. The marking process aims to be as objective, transparent and fair as possible. Marks are awarded at four levels for each question:
Response does not meet requirements
Foundation – meets basic requirements
Best practice – meets industry standard
Advanced – as above, plus extending this to demonstrate monitoring and evaluation are occurring to improve and innovate on the approach
An independent expert panel then meets to moderate and verify the scoring and award each submission Committed, Bronze, Silver or Gold status.