How can OrgWise Organizational Standards Assessment Tool benefit my Organization?


This online voluntary organizational self-assessment tool available in both French and English:

  • Enables organizations to assess their strengths and weaknesses against a set of Voluntary Standards

    Desired and achievable levels of performance against which actual performance can be compared. Standards help to bolster public confidence, promote transparency and accountability, enhance performance and effectiveness, and help organizations achieve their mission, improve their practices, and educate board and staff about good practices.


  • Links agencies with a variety of resources to support capacity-building initiatives

  • Part of a coordinated, and holistic approach to organizational infrastructure and capacity development

    ‘Capacity’ is a general term we use to refer to the various abilities, skills, knowledge, attitudes, values, structures, relationships, behaviours, resources and conditions needed to carry out functions and achieve objectives. Here ‘capacity development’ refers to a deliberate, coordinated process to grow, strengthen, create, adapt, or maintain the capacity of an organization or community over time. See also Organizational Capacity, Organizational Development.

  • It is a great planning, coordination and risk management

    Risk management involves examining a situation and 1) identifying what can go wrong, 2) identifying measures to avoid such problems, and 3) if something does go wrong, identifying steps that can be taken to lessen the negative impact. These measures may include the use of policies, procedures, and protections (such as insurance or education). Risks can be related, for example, to financial loss, workplace safety issues including abuse & physical harm or injury, property damage, or loss of reputation.


  • OrgWise is a knowledge and resource hub for the immigrant and refugee-serving sector

    Used broadly to define a group or cluster of agencies that share some commonality. Here ‘the sector’ refers to community based agencies that serve immigrants and refugees in Ontario. Other relevant sectors include the broader non‐profit sector (sometimes referred to as the voluntary sector), and the community social services sector.

    agencies to identify and address capacity building priorities

  • Encompasses numerous tools and resources to support organizational development

    A process through which an organization increases its capacity to successfully pursue its mission. This can include collaboration to create organizational change, to enhance organizational health, and to improve staff satisfaction and effectiveness.


  • Provides users with the opportunity to connect with peers and leading organizational development experts to builds organizational capacityA multi‐faceted concept referring broadly to an organization’s power, strength, and ability to grow, develop, and accomplish its goals. Elements of capacity can include knowledge, people and resources.<

  • Aggregate data helps to inform what sector capacity initiatives funders support

  • Aggregate data also helps to inform what sector training OCASI as a council offers to the sector