PSEA Organizational Assessment Tool

Please note that the deadline to submit your assessment data to Digna has been extended until February 15, 2023


Every organization has the obligation to think about the implications of their work, and the safety and well-being of the people they are working with. Are you sure your organization is not putting your program participants at serious risk of sexual exploitation or abuse by your staff, volunteers, and partners?

Digna’s no-obligation, customizable self-assessment is a useful tool that helps organizational leaders to gain a better understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of their organization’s prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA) implementation. This is the first step of a journey that will enable your organization to implement the best and most appropriate PSEA measures.

You will learn that, while the development of strong PSEA policies and operating procedures are essential, this is just the start of a much deeper process of self-reflection, engagement, leadership and accountability that will get your organization to a the point at which it can start to embed robust systems and processes, and start a shift of responsibility-sharing within its working culture.

About the Tool

Digna has developed a tool to support organizations with assessing their PSEA capacity and identifying areas for investment. This tool is meant to support upholding the highest standards of  quality and accountability towards the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA). The tool is meant not to judge or test organizations or the people working on PSEA, but to encourage honest, internal reflection to ensure progress is made in combating SEA. The tool, therefore, is meant to enable organizations to advance in their own efforts to prevent SEA and show progress over time, and to enable organizations to reach out for support. Every organization will be at different places depending on their unique situation, but all should be working towards bettering their practices and processes on PSEA. It is not meant to single out organizations or individuals, but rather meant to create a process of internal reflection to ensure continuous improvement of systems and processes for PSEA. The tool is not meant as an audit, but rather to examine accountability as a mutual commitment, by organizations, their partners, and other stakeholders – including rights holders/targeted communities in their institution, their offices, and within their programmes and projects. 

So, what are we asking?

Digna is committed to supporting organizations in the process of building capacity and accountability for PSEA. The tool provides users with an opportunity to highlight good practices and highlight areas where they feel they need support. In summary, we are hoping that organizations use the tool to assess their PSEA capacity, and share some of the data with Digna so we can measure the progress across the sector and identify gaps that Digna can fill throughout the next year. 

Please read the accompanying narrative document for full details.


The leader of the organization shares a copy of The Minimum Standards tab with Digna, by
submitting it to digna.info@cooperation.ca by February 15, 2023. Sharing this data is voluntary, but highly encouraged for Leaders Pledge signatories.

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