Assessors

Assessors are a valued and essential part of the DAP accreditation process and bring a wealth of experience, knowledge and expertise to the accreditation process. 

During the on-site assessment, the assessor(s) conduct an assessment of the facility/service to evaluate the diagnostic service’s level of actual performance to achieving the accreditation standards. The DAP has a hybrid (peer and staff-based) assessment methodology.

Sharing expertise

Being an assessor is seen by many as an integral part of their personal development within their profession. Assessing provides health professionals with networking opportunities within their field throughout BC and provides the opportunity to share knowledge, experience and ideas with other facilities within the province.
 

Eligibility

Each accreditation assessment is conducted by an assessor or assessment team selected through the evaluation of the following competencies: 

  • professional expertise and experience
  • knowledge of diagnostic procedures
  • qualifications
  • understanding of diagnostic management
  • analytical approach
  • ability to critically evaluate
  • communication skills
  • commitment to the accreditation process

DAP peer assessors must be in active practice, or recently retired.

Assessor development

In order to have an effective peer review model for the programs assessed using a peer-based assessment methodology, assessors must be recruited, trained, and continuously provided with development opportunities. The DAP has developed a training and orientation program that all DAP assessors must complete prior to assessment.

The training and orientation program starts with pre-reading of an assessor training package and attendance at an orientation session provided by DAP staff at the College offices. 

As part of the assessor development process, the assessed facility/service will be asked to complete an assessor evaluation form for each assessor that conducted the on-site assessment. This information will be shared with the assessor for the purposes of education and continuous development. At the conclusion of an on-site assessment, the DAP also asks each assessor to evaluate the effectiveness of the just-in-time Assessor orientation and training they received. This information is used by the DAP to continuously improve these sessions to better support assessors and their information needs.

Assessors will also be encouraged to attend an annual development session organized by the DAP. Additional resources and feedback will be provided to assessors on an ongoing basis as necessary.