Diagnosing the Health of The Exchange

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The clarity of the vision, mission and goals of The Exchange.
The Exchange's vision and mission take into account what is happening in the community.
The vision, mission, and goals of The Exchange are written down.
Residents and institutions are aware of The Exchange's vision, mission and goals.
The Exchange periodically re-evaluates and updates its vision, mission and goals.
The Exchange's activities are evaluated in relation to its vision, mission and goals.
The effectiveness of The Exchange structure.
The Exchange has a regular meeting cycle that members can count on.
The Exchange has active committees.
All of your members have copies of the bylaws.
The steering committee communicates regularly.
The steering committee meets on a regular basis with good attendance.
The effectiveness of the outreach and communication of The Exchange.
The Exchange has a newsletter or another method of communication that keeps the community updated regularly and informed about their activities.
The Exchange uses surveys or other methods to collect information about members' interests, needs and concerns.
Survey results are always published and used to guide The Exchange's projects.
The survey is conducted every year or so because the community and residents change.
The Exchange "goes to where members are" to do outreach, including where people live, shop, and work.
The effectiveness of The Exchange's monthly meetings
Members feel free to speak at a meeting without fear of being confronted for their views.
The Exchange advertises its meeting with sufficient notice by sending out agendas and fliers in advance.
You accomplish the meeting's agenda in meetings that start and end and on time.
You hold meetings in central accessible, and comfortable places and at convenient times for all members.
Content from The Exchange meetings is always informative and relevant to my organization's life cycle.
Opportunities for member responsibility and growth
The Exchange makes a conscious effort to develop new leaders.
The Exchange offer training and support to new and experienced leaders, either through their own organization or through outside agencies.
The Exchange matches less experienced members with leaders to help the former learn jobs and make contacts.
The Exchange gives committees serious work to do.
Leadership responsibilities are shared.
The effectiveness of The Exchange at planning, implementing and evaluating projects
At the beginning of each new year The Exchange develops a plan that includes goals and activities to accomplish during the year.
These plans are based at least in part on information collected from member surveys.
After each activity or project, the leadership or the committee evaluates how it went in order to learn from the experience.
The Exchange always organizes visible projects that make a difference to members.
When The Exchange undertake projects, they develop action plans that identify tasks, who will do them, and by what target dates.
The use of research and/or external resources
The Exchange works with other coalition in the community on common issues, and with city-wide organizations that address critical community concerns.
The Exchange utilizes the resources and information of other organizations that can help the community, such as training workshops.
The Exchange keeps abreast of issues affecting communities across the city and state.
Outside speakers come to meetings to address topics of interest to members.
When The Exchange wants to work on an issue, leaders know here to go to get necessary information such as statistics, forms, and so forth.
The Exchange's sense of community
The Exchange builds social time into meetings so that people can talk informally and build a sense of community.
The Exchange plans social activities.
Every member in The Exchange is treated equally.
The Exchange recognizes and rewards all member contributions, large or small.
The Exchange makes all residents welcome in the coalition regardless of income, race, gender, age or education level.
How well The Exchange meets needs and provides benefits
The Exchange makes resource lists and important contacts available to members on a regular basis.
The Exchange holds workshops with experts who can provide specific services to members.
The Exchange helps members out with issues of individual need.
If a member survey indicates that personal issues are interfering with member involvement, The Exchange responds to those issues.
The Exchange holds meetings and workshops in which residents can meet elected officials and city service personnel to voice their opinions and learn about resources and programs in the community.
The Exchange's relationship with community leaders.
The Exchange's leaders know how to negotiate successfully with elected officials and institutional leaders about member concerns.
The Exchange has one or more regular representatives who attend important community meetings.
The Exchange leaders and members understand the lines of authority, decision-making power, responsibility, and other aspects of the community power structure.
The Exchange meets with officials on a regular basis about the issues that concern members.
The Exchange participates in city-wide activities and demonstrates focus on community issues.
The Exchange held 10 monthly gatherings in 2018.
I have not been able to attend, but I have sent a representative to the meetings.
No one from our organization has been able to attend the meetings this year.
Our organization plans to renew our membership and participate in 2019. *