Organizational Assessment Tools and Resources

Organizational assessments aim to understand internal processes as much as outcomes. For example, it is useful to look deeply at decision-making: What information do decision-makers get and from whom? Which voices or sources of information have credence? What gets discounted or devalued in the process? How are decisions communicated? What are the impacts of current decision-making processes on different racial/ethnic groups?

In doing these assessments, it is very useful to look at the existence and influence of white dominant culture. People with different roles and identities within the organization should review each area of an organization’s internal and external practices.

This section includes resources, tools, and examples of organizational assessments.

Case Studies


Tools and Practices


“To reverse the colonized, white supremacist culture of ‘knowing,’ where only the mind-knowing way is valued and maintains power dynamics that accrue value based on white dominant culture, we must actively value and integrate ways of knowing that are deeply ingrained from our ancestors: prioritize connections and relationships, emergence, belonging, the mystery of things that are not ‘knowable,’ and our own being.

We are valuators, not evaluators. Valuation is integration of all the ways of knowing.”

~ Audrey Jordan, Measuring Love in the Journey For Justice


Do Black Lives Matter in Your Organization? Living into the Values of Your Public #BLM Statement – Equity in the Center

Also in this section:
  • Identifying Opportunities and Challenges

  • Community Assessment Tools and Resources



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Structural Racism

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