How services are assessed
Services covered by the Digital Service Standard need to be independently assessed to make sure they meet the criteria.
Which services need to be assessed
All services within the scope of the Digital Service Standard must be assessed against the Standard. This makes sure that agencies build high-quality government services that meet user needs.
Agencies are encouraged to undertake their own assessments for any information or transactional services that falls within scope of the Digital Service Standard.
There are 2 types of assessment:
- in-flight assessment — these assessments focus on continuous improvement and learning at regular intervals
- staged assessment — these assessments focus on measuring performance at the check points of the service design and delivery process
Agencies can choose either type of assessment.
Assessments become more comprehensive as services move through the service design and delivery process.
By the end of Alpha stage the service needs to pass criteria 1 to 3 and show progress against other criteria
During the Beta stage the service needs to pass all criteria before you release the product as a public beta.
At the end of the Beta stage, before you move to the Live stage, the service needs to meet all the criteria.
Publishing assessment reports
Agencies are encouraged to share their assessment reports with the DTA so they can be published on dta.gov.au to:
- contribute to a government-wide repository of better practice
- provide a resource for other teams redesigning or building services
- provide an easy way to share ideas within and across departments
- help agency teams to promote their good work
- provide an audit trail of progress to support the assessment process
- demonstrate commitment to the Digital Service Standard and increasing transparency of government to the community
It is recommended that assessors are independent of the service’s delivery team. They should be experts in their field and are usually working on their own projects. This ensures their knowledge and skills are up to date.
There are usually 3 assessors, including a lead assessor.
They represent the following areas:
- service design/user research
- Agile delivery
Get in touch with us to find out how to set up an assessment team.