Control Self Assessment (CSA) is a means for taking the pulse of an organization, collecting
information on the state of its institutional health, and assessing risks to achieving
its organizational objectives. It gives employees an inter-active and anonymous forum in
which to indicate what is working for them, what is not, why not and what can be done
about it. The power of self-assessment lies in its ability to provide information that would
not otherwise be easily obtainable, through the participation of employees who know better
than anyone what is helping them or stopping them from getting their work done.
CSA analyzes major institutional processes both within and across departmental boundaries
and may gather data that helps set the scope of annual audits.