Organization Readiness Assessment

Is your organization ready for Self-Directed Volunteer Teams?


What is it?

The readiness self-assessment is a tool designed to help organizations explore the structures and strategies to successfully implement Self Directed Volunteer (SDV) Teams. SDVNetwork (SDVN) offers this online self-assessment to assist your organization or group in laying the necessary groundwork for the successful engagement of volunteer teams.

There are eight (8) readiness factors, each of which represents a set of indicators that are highly recommended for SDV Teams. There are no right or wrong answers. The 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, SDVNetwork 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).

The Readiness Assessment should be done during the SDV Team implementation planning process. We also strongly recommend repeating the process at intervals throughout implementation. Subsequent assessments are intended to measure how much the needle has moved and to identify potential adjustments that may still need to be made.

Here is an overview of the process:

    1. Obtain your SDVN Readiness Assessment access code by contacting us through the link below. The access code will be unique for your organization and will allow SDVN to provide you with a consolidated report based exclusively on the input from your stakeholders.
    1. Ask 10 or more stakeholders to complete the readiness assessment. This may include executives, staff, volunteers, board members, etc. A sample memo to request participation will accompany your access code.
    1. Each person completing the assessment will immediately receive a brief readiness message reflecting his/her specific input.
    1. SDVNetwork will close your readiness assessment and consolidate all input from your organization within two weeks of your assessment end date.
    1. SDVNetwork will produce your Readiness Assessment report including feedback analysis and supporting chart(s). Areas of strength as well as relevant recommendations will be highlighted for your consideration.


Why is Readiness Assessment important?

Assessing readiness is a key component of the overall strategy of engaging SDV Teams. As part of a comprehensive organizational approach, the Readiness Assessment 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
    • Proactively address any potential limitations to the effectiveness of a SDV Team
    • 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
    • Know where to invest energy or resources
    • Determine if you are ready to engage SDV Teams


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?

It is recommended that the first readiness assessment be done during the planning process to implement SDVTs. An immediate benefit of the readiness assessment is the opportunity to reflect on the questions to stimulate your own thoughts on how to make an organization better suited to Self Directed Volunteer Teams.

We strongly suggest that you repeat the process at intervals throughout implementation. Subsequent assessments are intended to measure how much the needle has moved and to identify potential adjustments that may need to be made.