The DOSA is dedicated to helping organizations develop new methods to identify organizational strengths and weaknesses, interpret highly valuable data generated by the process and to translate findings into action plans for meaningful change. The DOSA tool builds capacity by bringing staff together in cross-functional, cross-hierarchical groups for open exchange. It identifies divergent viewpoints to foster growth.
This website provides four short online surveys to assess your individual capacities. The first tool, "Business/Professional Organizational Assessment", will be particularly useful for organizations that would like their employee to participate and assess themselves individually so to do an overall portrait of staff strenghts and weaknesses. It particularly focuses on efficiency and effectiveness at work, using the available tools for doing business.
"The Marguerite Casey Foundation Organizational Capacity Assessment Tool helps nonprofits identify capacity strengths and challenges and establish capacity building goals. It is primarily a diagnostic and learning tool. Results from the Assessment can also help grantmakers deepen their understanding of the current capacity of their grantees as well as track their growth in capacity over time." Format of the tool is an Excel file.
"The Corporate Fund offers a Board Self-Assessment Kit which allows non-profit boards to assess their effectiveness in a variety of areas. The kit asks board members to rate their board in 12 different areas, ranging from Board-Staff roles to External Relations Practices. Tallying results can give a board a picture of where their strengths lie and what areas to focus on for improvement." The pdf user guide is detailed and well organized. While this assessment requires some planning and some time, you will undeniably find benefits to its conduct.
This tool is addressed to NGOs, and to consultants and support organisations working with them. From this webpage, you can download the 24 pages user guide (pdf format) while the brainstorming, action plan and other worksheets are also available in Word format, so that you can modify them according to your needs. Using the SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats assessment), this tool will go over your "management processes, finances, staffing, relationships with others and results" so to provide you with a comprehensive review of your organization.
As described in DfID's book entitled Promoting Institutional and Organisational Development: A Source Book of Tools and Techniques, "SWOT analysis is a tool for assessing and communicating the current position of an organisation [...] in terms of its internal Strengths and Weakness and the external Opportunities and Threats it faces. It provides a clear basis on which to develop a picture of the changes needed [...]." The SWOT Analysis is made out of a set