GreenFaith is a faith-based environmental organization whose mission is to "inspire, educate and mobilize people of diverse religious backgrounds for environmental leadership." Their rubric explores what success looks like in many areas of "greening" churches, mosques, and synagogues -- from worship services to facilities to religious education to investment practices. The rubric was a stepping stone to the creation of the nation's first interfaith environmental certification program.
The following organizations have used qualitative assessment rubrics to identify what matters most to them and be as clear as possible about what success looks like in these areas. I have included a few examples from The Social Profit Handbook and invite readers to add their own examples with commentary for others who would like to move from theory to practice and write their own rubrics.
Please submit your rubric and commentary by sending me the following in an e-mail:
- Your name and the name of your organization.
- A short paragraph of background that will help us understand your rubric. What were you hoping to accomplish by writing it? What work were you hoping to improve, or what behavior were you trying to change?
- The rubric itself, titled.
- Any commentary on lessons learned you would like to offer. Who is using the rubric and how? Is it helping you? If so, how? If not, why not, in your opinion?
- (optional) A head shot of you, or a photograph that evokes your organization and/or its work.
The program directors at The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation set out to write a rubric on one of their core performances -- the site visit. (See pages 88-95 in The Social Profit Handbook.) What began as one rubric quickly became three: one on preparation; one on the site visit itself; and one on follow-up.
The next-to-highest level of the rubric is named after a core value of the Foundation: Respect for Grantees. And the top of the rubric is called: Our Goal: Exceeding the Standard. From the book: "We were conducting a very personal style of philanthropy. It is the kind you can do if you are rooted in place ... and you have many long-standing relationships with grantees."