Self-Assessment Tool

The Self-Assessment Tool allows you to measure the performance of your organisation against the Global Volunteering Standard. It aims to help you identify what is working well, where there are areas for improvement, and discover new insights, recommendations, and resources to help advance your practice.

The Self-Assessment lists all the themes, areas, key actions, and indicators of the Global Volunteering Standard.

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General Information

Self-Assessment is a form of assessment where there is no external assessor. The process of Self-Assessment benefits an organisation by providing an opportunity to internally reflect on practice and performance. The Self-Assessment process aims to create learning to help you establish opportunities to advance your practice against a set framework or standard.

To complete your Self-Assessment, click on ‘Assessment’. This will take you to the page for the Theme you have chosen to assess against. The central section of the page provides information about the Theme and an explanation of the scoring system to best select your Status. To the left of the page, you will be able to see all the Areas and Key Actions that can be assessed against.

  • Create an account or log in – log in or create an account. You will need an account to be able to save your assessment, view resources and access full functionality.
  • Click on ‘Start or Continue Assessment’ – on the right side of this page you can start or continue your assessment within the Theme you would like to focus on.
  • Select the Key Action to assess against – to the left of the page, you will find the list of Key Actions that you can assess against. Simply click on these it to assess against them.
  • Identify evidence and select status – when assessing against a Key Action, you will first want to provide evidence against each Indicator, before selecting a Status that best reflects to what degree you have met the Indicator.
  • Repeat steps above - for all other Key Actions you would like to assess against.

Common Questions

The Global Volunteering Standard and Self-Assessment includes Key Actions and Core Key Actions.

Core Key Actions are the minimum standards that all Volunteer Involving Organisations should have in place, therefore we recommend focusing on these first as a priority.

Organisations can choose to complete the Self-Assessment against specific Themes, Areas or Key Actions that best fit their organisational needs.

You can complete the Self-Assessment at your own pace. The functionality allows you to save your Self-Assessment to your account and continue where you left off.

When completing the Self-Assessment, we recommend involving your partners and colleagues from across your organisational functions that reflect the Themes and Areas of the Global Volunteering Standard you are assessing against.

The Platform makes it easy for multiple team members to collaborate and contribute to the same organisational Self-Assessment.

After completing your Self-Assessment, you will receive a customised report. You can use this to identify areas for improvements.

Within your customised report you will also receive links to relevant helpful resources within the Good Practice Library.

The Self-Assessment is broken down by 4 themes as featured in the Global Volunteering Standard. Each theme contains key actions and indicators for organisations to assess themselves against.

Designing and Delivering Projects
Communities, organisations and volunteers can expect to be involved in collaboratively-designed and effectively-delivered volunteering for development projects which respond to community needs and deliver impact and sustainable outcomes.

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Duty of Care
The community can expect that organisations, and the people associated with them, will protect and will allow no harm to come to anyone in the community in which they operate, whether volunteers or local community members. Organisations recognise that they have a duty of care not to cause, or fail to prevent psychological or physical harm to volunteers, employees and other associates.

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Managing Volunteers
Volunteers can expect to receive preparation, training and support which ensures effective, impactful and ongoing engagement in supporting development efforts locally and internationally.

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Measuring Impact
Communities, funders and other stakeholders can expect that the intended impact of the project is identified by the community before the start and is tracked throughout, using information and insights from the community, volunteers, and other relevant stakeholders. Project success is defined with the community.

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