Organization Readiness Assessment

Is your organization ready for Self-Directed Volunteer Teams?


What is the SDV Network™ Readiness Assessment process?

Our readiness assessment process is designed to help organizations explore the structures and strategies to successfully implement Self Directed Volunteer (SDV) Teams and lays the necessary groundwork for the successful engagement of the volunteers.

There are eight (8) readiness factors, each of which represents a set of indicators that are highly recommended for SDV Teams. The readiness results are intended to yield a clear picture of your organization’s level of preparedness and points for consideration. Based on this assessment, you may discover that your organization’s culture and infrastructure are already conducive to developing successful SDV Teams—or, you may discover that there is some preparation required. Either way, SDV Network™ is here to help!


How is the assessment done?

The Readiness Assessment is made available online through a unique access link we provide for your organization (a paper version is available on request for participants who do not have  electronic access).
Here is an overview of the process:

  1. Obtain your unique organization-specific Readiness Assessment access code by contacting us through the link below.
  2. SDV Network™ will provide you with guidance for obtaining organization input and then produce your Readiness Assessment report including feedback analysis and supporting chart(s).
  3. Recommendations for how best to communicate feedback within the organization will be provided.


Why is Readiness Assessment important?

Assessing readiness is a key component of the overall strategy of engaging SDV Teams. It provides an opportunity to identify strengths and proactively address potential issues that impact successful implementation of SDV Teams.
The assessment results will help your organization to:

  • Understand the factors that will /will not support successful SDV Teams in your organization
  • Ensure that employees are aware of what to expect when SDV Teams are engaged and are ready to adapt to any changes that may be necessary.
  • Identify the barriers to successfully implementing the strategy in your organization and suggest where to invest energy or resources


Who should complete the report?

To obtain as accurate an assessment as possible, we ask that a minimum of 10 individuals participate – from board, staff, volunteers, members, etc. The idea is to have input from a broad perspective so that as realistic a picture as possible is obtained.


When should the assessment be done?

An initial readiness assessment is typically done during the planning process to implement SDVTs. An immediate benefit is the opportunity to reflect on how your organization may or may nor support Self Directed Volunteers.

We strongly suggest that the process is repeated at planned intervals throughout implementation to measure how much the needle has moved and to identify potential adjustments that may need to be made.

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