Hello everybody and happy November! This month we wanted to touch base on the fourth step of implementation, the Evaluation step.
After your policy has been written, communication has occurred, training is completed and the policy/program is in full use, the WSIB will be looking to see how your organization formally evaluated the implementation of your topic after it has had time to “live and breathe” in your workplace. The WSIB will have deemed that a sufficient amount of time has passed for the topic to “live and breathe” once 60 days have elapsed after the Training step is completed. If the formal evaluation is conducted before 60 days has elapsed after training is completed, the WSIB will mark your topic as “additional evidence required” and you will be asked to recomplete your formal evaluation method.
The goal of the evaluation step is to determine whether the standards and procedures you have established are understood, effective and implemented as required by your standard. It is important to ensure that your evaluation is comprehensive, meaning that each of the topic requirements found in the WSIB Program Member Guidelines are addressed in your evaluation.
New to the 2021 program year is the mandatory requirement that the topic-specific Dunk Evaluation documents be completed for this step. The Dunk Evaluation document acts as an audit tool, providing questions that ask you to reflect on the implementation of the topic and ensuring that each of the topic requirements have been met in your implementation. You can find the Dunk Evaluation document under each topic page in the Dunk Excellence Portal.
Although the Dunk Evaluation document is a mandatory and comprehensive tool that is used to evaluate the implementation of your program, we recommend that you supplement this document with another evaluation method. This method could include interviews with employees from various departments, surveys conducted before and after the topic’s implementation, an analysis of data to identify changes in trends, or a meeting with your safety committee to reflect on the implementation of the topic.