Lesson Length : 20 minutes
Importance of Conducting a Program Assessment:
One of the best ways for an organization to become a more inclusive, diverse and equitable is to conduct a program or organizational assessment. An assessment is not a test and there is no reason to feel nervous to conduct one. Think of it instead as a starting off point, a way to learn your baseline.
Conducting a program assessment is a direct way to measure progress towards your goals and a way to identify potential blind spots, or in the case of inclusion, inadvertent barriers to participation embedded in things like marketing materials, registration forms and program requirements. A program assessment is also an excellent tool for building a more reflective, learning organization.
The following resource Organizational Readiness Checklist can be used as an initial tool. It does not include every piece of inclusion that you need to think about when considering how to serve more children with disabilities in your program, but it will give you a range of ideas for places to start.