Organizational Standards
WHAT are Organizational Standards?
They are a capacity-building tool to help ensure agencies not only operating in accordance of the law, but also using it is functioning at a high, best practice level.
The Community Action Organizational Standards focus on three board areas: maximum feasible participation (i.e., consumer and community involvement in assessing needs and coming up with solutions); vision and direction (i.e., organizational leadership/governance and strategic planning); and operations and accountability (human resources, fiscal, data evaluation). They are a capacity-building tool to help ensure agencies not only operating in accordance of the law, but also using it is functioning at a high, best practice level. From OCS Letter - A new Organizational Standards COE was developed to assist States and local CSBG-eligible entities to set and meet high organizational standards that can be used across the Network. The COE was called upon to develop a product with input from all key stakeholders, and create tools for organizational assessment that can be used by States and local CSBG eligible entities to set and meet high-quality organizational standards and enhance accountability. The grantee for this effort is the National Community Action Partnership (the Partnership).