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The Assessment

Posted on Wednesday, July 01, 2009 at 1:53 PM

The purpose of an assessment (sometimes called an audit) is to survey an organization's strengths and weaknesses, identify problem areas, and indicate likely solutions. It also identifies underexploited strengths deserving of greater attention. The assessment examines the structure of the organization, the quality of staffing, the financial resources, the market position, and the processes it uses to do its work.

Typically, we will examine your:

--organizational goals and objectives,

--structure and organizational dynamics of your team,

--use of technology,

--workflow practices,

--division of responsibilities between staff and outside suppliers,

--management systems,

--staff and freelance competencies,

--resources available for accomplishing your mission, and

--impact upon key constituencies.

An assessment can provide an early warning of impending problems and identify unperceived issues, or it can relieve doubts or fears. The results of an assessment can help an organization to direct its attention and resources in ways that will be most productive for both the short and long term.

The cost of an assessment usually ranges from $3000 to over $50,000, depending upon the size and complexity of the organization and on intricacy of the dilemmas it faces. In cases where an extensive assessment is needed, we recommend first conducting a simple assessment, and, based on its findings, devising a plan for a more thorough and targeted assessment. This is usually the most cost-effective approach.

We are experienced at doing organizational assessments of for-profit and non-profit organizations. That means we'll get to your key issues right away, and won't take up your time unnecessarily. We know exactly what to ask and what to look for. You'll get the insights and advice you're looking for -- without running up an excessive bill. One client had budgeted $30,000 for an assessment. We were able to deliver one for just under $5000, and provided far more insight and specificity than was expected.

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